Healthcare Data

Physician Groups
Are Independent Physician Groups Viable in the Long Run?

Physician groups and independent practices face unique difficulties as healthcare providers. Shifting state and federal guidelines, particularly regarding Medicare reimbursement, offer greater rewards to diversified care systems that can take on financial risk and refer patients to specialists within their own network. Practices with only a handful of physicians—or solo…

Mergers and Acquisitions
Do Some Nonprofit Hospitals Deserve Their Status?

The vast majority of hospital care in the U.S. has historically been delivered by nonprofit organizations, which benefit from a wide array of federal, state, and local tax exemptions. In recent years, however, the charitable status of some hospitals and health systems has been called into question. Tighter operating margins…

Disruptive Technology
What Disruptive Innovation Means for Healthcare Delivery

Disruptive innovation has been a source of growth and trepidation in the healthcare industry. The widespread adoption of EHR systems and first implementations of telemedicine have industry leaders questioning their roles in the future of healthcare—but not all disruptors are technological. There has been a monumental shift in the focus…

skilled nursing facility
Skilled Nursing Facility Reimbursement: Trouble Ahead?

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is urging CMS to implement an alternate Medicare reimbursement model for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) before a new clinical groupings model is in place. The current model of Resource Utilization Groups (RUGS) has been criticized as incentivizing the overutilization of resources, as well as demanding…

Hospital ER wait times
How Hospital ERs are Slashing Wait Times

At New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center (NYPWC), ER wait times were up to two and a half hours for low-acuity patients. Longer wait times in hospital ERs contribute to overcrowding and delays in medication administration for patients with mid-level injuries and illnesses like broken bones and infections. Patient mortality rate…

CRISPR cancer trials
CRISPR-Cas9 Trials Target Cancer Cell Research

On August 22, CRISPR Therapeutics and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center (MGHCC) announced a two-year research collaboration to develop T-cell cancer therapies. The CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology will be used to improve upon existing cancer cell therapies and focus on the specific needs of patients with blood cancers and tumors….

Community Health Centers
Can a Medicaid Admission be Profitable?

Medicaid reimbursement has traditionally been something of a bitter pill for healthcare providers, especially acute-care hospitals. Medicaid rates vary across states and locations, but the average figure is usually said to be only about 60 percent of Medicare or private insurer rates, depending on the service. That rarely covers the…

hospital outpatient procedures
Ascension’s Marketing Vision for the Future

Ascension’s Marketing Vision for the Future Ascension is leveraging its brand strengths, employing data-driven strategies System-wide and forging stronger connections with consumers, according to Nick Ragone, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer. Nick recently shared insights on Ascension’s marketing vision with eHealthcare Strategy and Trends. Nick noted…

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