Hospital Administration

Dive Brief: Researchers found that Black patients admitted with COVID-19 were 11% more likely to die than their White counterparts after adjusting for patient and clinical characteristics, according to a recent study in JAMA Network Open. Black patients were more likely to die largely because of where they received care ’ at hospitals that performed
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Dive Brief: Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health are looking to merge in a deal that would result in Michigan’s biggest health system with 22 hospitals and 64,000 employees across the state, with combined annual revenue of almost $13 billion. Executives of the two systems announced Thursday they have signed a letter of intent to explore creating
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Dive Brief: Tenet, a major U.S. health system, has agreed to sell five hospitals in the Miami-Dade area for $1.1 billion to Steward Health Care System, a physician-owned hospital operator and health network. The deal also includes the hospitals’ associated physician practices. Dallas-based Steward has agreed to continue using Tenet’s revenue cycle management firm, Conifer
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Dive Brief: A survey of state employee health plans found that administrators recognize hospital prices as the main driver of healthcare cost increases but have few policies to address that issue directly. Most states instead focus on attempting to control prescription drug costs and lower utilization, according to the Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance
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The biggest nurses union in the country is teeing up a fight with hospitals run by HCA Healthcare, Sutter Health and CommonSpirit Health as it heads into negotiations for some 65,000 nurses this year. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed problems faced by nurses ranging from inadequate personal protective equipment to unsafe staffing levels, members of National Nurses
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Dive Brief: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued an emergency temporary standard Thursday that healthcare employers specifically must abide by to better protect workers from the spread of COVID-19. The ETS requires hospitals, nursing homes and other sites of care to provide employees with paid time off to get vaccinated and to recover from
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Dive Brief: Medtronic abruptly pulled its HeartWare HVAD pump system from the market Thursday after a slew of Class I recalls and numerous reports of patient injuries and deaths associated with the device. The medtech cited ongoing device failures and “a growing body of observational clinical comparisons indicating a higher frequency of neurological adverse events,
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Dive Brief: Cyber threats to the medtech industry, including ransomware and other malware, are growing in sophistication, potentially putting patient safety at risk, according to Kevin Fu, acting director of medical device cybersecurity at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “It’s not just a kid in their basement causing trouble. These are actually
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Dive Brief: Ransomware attacks will continue among large providers for the foreseeable future, and “healthcare systems will need to deploy additional resources to thwart future cybersecurity breaches even as the pandemic continues to use up significant clinical, financial and strategic resources,” according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service. The organization noted that nonprofit
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Dive Brief: Hospital operator HCA Healthcare is linking up with Google Cloud on a new data analytics platform to support provider decision-making, the companies announced Wednesday. The deal between the 186-hospital system and the technology behemoth will build on HCA’s existing use of technology to streamline both clinical and non-clinical operations, and represents “significant investments” in the
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Dive Brief: Physician trust in the U.S. healthcare system significantly declined during the pandemic, along with their confidence in the leaders and executives at the healthcare organizations employing them, according to a report from the nonpartisan research group NORC at the University of Chicago commissioned by the ABIM Foundation. The poll found that 30% of
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Dive Brief: The Mayo Clinic reported turning a profit in the first quarter of the year, although its expenses rose significantly compared to the first quarter of 2020, which was mostly completed before the COVID-19 pandemic became a significant issue. Overall, net income for the Minnesota-based multistate hospital system totaled $243 million without counting $11
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Dive Brief: Phoenix-based Banner Health is launching a program for providers to order digital health tools like remote patient monitoring and digital therapeutics directly from its Cerner EHRs across its 30 acute-care hospitals and other facilities. It’s partnering with Xealth, which sells a platform for clinicians to integrate, prescribe and monitor digital health tools for patients
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Dive Brief: Stoltenberg Consulting annual’s healthcare IT outlook survey concludes that the COVID-19 pandemic has rearranged their priorities. Moreover, the pandemic has “raised the bar for the digital health experiences.” Health system chief information officers are now valuing patient engagement over artificial intelligence and machine learning, according to the poll of 65 CIOs, who have
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Prior to the COVID-19 public health crisis, there was momentum to transform operating rooms into digitally connected environments to allow surgeons to collaborate and medical device companies to share best practices and products. Social distancing mandates over the past year accelerated those efforts as virtual reality and remote training technologies have been widely adopted. The value
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Dive Brief: CommonSpirit Health and Essentia Health have called off a deal for Essentia to acquire 14 CommonSpirit facilities in North Dakota and Minnesota, the two Catholic systems announced Tuesday. The deal, nixed just four months after being announced, would have doubled the size of Duluth, Minn.-based Essentia’s hospital network. One of the facilities up
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Dive Brief: Sutter Health’s financial woes continued into the first quarter, as the system undergoes a sweeping review of its finances after COVID-19’s squeeze on its financial performance led to a steep 2020 operational loss.   The dominant health system in northern California posted another operating loss of $49 million for first quarter due to
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Dive Brief: Providence, one of the nation’s largest health systems and the first to admit a COVID-19 patient last year, says it is “turning a corner and seeing signs of renewal” as the tally of COVID-19 patients has fallen dramatically since the start of the first quarter when cases reached their highest peak in January.   Still,
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Dive Brief: HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration called out six pharmaceutical companies Tuesday for violating rules under the 340B drug discount program, ordering them to repay affected providers for previous overcharges and warning of more penalties if they don’t comply. In July 2020 some drugmakers stopped giving the 340B ceiling price on their products
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Missouri is withdrawing plans to expand Medicaid coverage to its low-income adult population after the Republican-controlled legislature failed to allocate funds for the voter-backed initiative. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, sent a letter to the CMS on Thursday alerting the federal agency that his administration is now withdrawing the state plan amendment it submitted
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