Alanna Moriarty

Alanna Moriarty

Alanna Moriarty |

Alanna Moriarty is a writer and editor at Definitive Healthcare. She is also on the marketing and SEO content team, finding new ways to connect with clients and healthcare industry professionals. Alanna joined Definitive Healthcare in 2017 after graduating from Saint Michael’s College. Her interests include healthcare access, rural patient care, and Medicare reform.

Articles by Alanna Moriarty

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The Most Effective Application of Beta Blockers

Beta-adrenergic blocking agents, more commonly referred to as beta blockers, are a category of medications that can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of multiple heart attacks. Beta blockers work by impeding the effects of adrenaline on the heart. This slows the patient’s heartbeat, reducing the amount of force…

CMS 340B drug discount program
New 340B Guidelines Target Program Abuses

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced changes to its 340B Drug Discount Program, effective January 1, 2018. The primary difference in the program is that drug payments to participating hospitals will be cut. Under the original plan, CMS reimbursed hospitals at the average drug cost plus 6…

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Top 10 Short-Term Acute Care Hospitals

The healthcare industry is being molded by patients seeking affordable, convenient care facilities. This demand has led to innovation in the field of telehealth, and encouraged the growth of retail clinics, outpatient surgery centers, and freestanding imaging centers. Patients no longer rely solely on hospitals to receive preventative care and…

Top 5-star hospitals
Will HCAHPS Stars Light the Way to Healthcare Transparency?

In July 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced a ratings system as part of their Hospital Quality initiative. The aim of the new program is to meet consumer demand for objective, comprehensible data on the performance and care quality of individual hospitals. Hospitals are required by CMS…

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Top 10 Hospices by Total Medicare Payments

Hospice care, unlike other varieties of long-term care, does not aim to cure a patient’s terminal illness. Caregivers instead focus on providing support for patients while treating their daily symptoms. Hospice services are primarily provided in a patient’s home, but can also be available in hospitals, nursing homes, and hospice…

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Who Receives Care at Assisted Living Facilities?

As the population of Americans over 65 grows, the healthcare industry must respond to increased demands for affordable, comprehensive long-term care. Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) are playing a specialized role in the long-term care industry for older Americans seeking to live independently while also having access to limited daily assistance and…

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