The coronavirus caught hospitals flat-footed. Now, worried about a resurgence and future infectious diseases, they want to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
The provider-in-triage model was created by health care consultants who applied the Toyota model of lean production to health care. Hospital administrators and emergency department directors embrace lean production with the hopes of reducing inefficiencies and improving patient throughput. But while a manufacturing model that favors standardization and reproducibility might be ideal for making quality SUVs, it leads to mediocre medicine.
New federally mandated disclosures by California’s Sutter Health illustrate the wide disparity in healthcare rates negotiated by insurers.
Hospitals do a lot of good things. They save lives. They create good jobs. But because of growing monopolization of them, Zack Cooper, an economist at Yale School of Public Health, worries that they're becoming like a "Dracula" that "sucks some of the vibrancy out of a lot of towns across the country."
Hospitals are disappearing. While they may never completely go away, they will continue to shrink in number and importance. That is inevitable and good.
Contracts with insurers allow hospitals to hide prices from consumers, add fees and discourage use of less-expensive rivals.
Health providers are good problem solvers, and because they work in the hospital and other health care settings are uniquely positioned to come up with fresh solutions to health care problems.
Hospital administrations and the judicial system do little to prevent assaults against nurses and other caregivers by patients.
Managed-care companies such as Humana are plunging deeper into the business of delivering health care outside hospitals.
Startups receive support from hospitals hoping to find ‘the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs’.
Reporter Sarah Kliff is collecting emergency room bills as part of a year-long project focused on American health care prices.
To curb life-threatening infections, medical centers are setting hygiene standards for commonplace equipment.
When and if the bean counters figure out a way that hospitals can do better without the private insurers around, it's hard to see why they wouldn't simply sweep them away faster than Amazon put an end to your local book store.
Pneumonia is the No. 1 hospital-acquired infection in America and hospitals aren’t doing enough to fight it. The best weapon: a toothbrush.
A growing number of U.S. hospitals now compel health care workers to get vaccinated against the flu and other infectious diseases to protect patients from communicable diseases.
As patients increasingly seek cheaper and more convenient care, some of the largest U.S. hospital operators are investing in surgery centers, emergency rooms and urgent care clinics.
Studies show that mortality increases along with the duration of ER boarding and that boarding increases the amount of time in the hospital for all patients. Stroke patients, in particular, have poorer management and outcomes when ERs are crowded. Despite the harm, 90% of ERs report frequent overcrowding and most have experience with boarding.
I walked out of the NICU with my laptop in hand, feeling grateful for people like her who keep our children safe and the rest of us in line.
Imagine an institution where the occupants are routinely left immobile, deprived of sleep and fed a diet that is tasteless and nutritionally marginal. Imagine further that they experience the indignity of losing any semblance of privacy and get stuck multiple times a day with needles.
Sounds like a brutal prison, right? Yet the same description could apply to a typical U.S. hospital.
Imaging centers have proliferated in the past decade. You would think that the potential to develop cancer years or decades after an imaging procedure would ensure that imaging centers are as safe as possible. Think again!
Retail medical clinics have done what the healthcare industry has been unable or unwilling to do - give consumers what they want...fast, convenient and affordable care for minor problems.
A gusher of Obamacare money is fueling a merger frenzy in U.S. healthcare.. And more billion-dollar deals are in the works as health insurers, hospitals and drug companies bulk up in size so they can seize on government spending in Obamacare exchanges, state Medicaid programs and Medicare Advantage for the baby boomers.
Each year, in the United States, millions of patients are harmed while receiving care in hospitals. They get infections, experience adverse reactions to drugs, develop dangerous bed sores, or come down with pneumonia from the very ventilators meant to help them breathe.
I wanted to see if medicine might learn from other professionals who need to perform their tasks in a swirling, often confusing, high-stakes environment. The aviation industry seemed like a natural place to look, so I spoke to Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the famed “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot.
I shouldn't be surprised that hospitals are lousy at customer service. The Detroit Medical Center once bragged that it was one of America's first hospitals to track medication with barcodes. Good! But wait -- ordinary supermarkets did that decades before.
The condition, once known as “ICU psychosis,” disproportionately affects seniors and those who have been heavily sedated—and the delusions can last long after they’re discharged.
It used to be that hospitals billed Medicare for the services they provided, and Medicare–I know this is crazy!–simply paid the bills.
Those days are rapidly receding into history. Soon, a significant chunk of hospital revenue will be at risk, under a series of Medicare pay-for-performance programs.
More and more hospital guards across the country
carry weapons. For Alan Pean, seeking help for
mental distress, that resulted in a gunshot to the chest.
The days of the hospital as we know it may be numbered.
In a shift away from their traditional inpatient facilities, health-care providers are investing in outpatient clinics, same-day surgery centers, free-standing emergency rooms and microhospitals, which offer as few as eight beds for overnight stays. They are setting up programs that monitor people 24/7 in their own homes. And they are turning to digital technology to treat and keep tabs on patients remotely from a high-tech hub.
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How fortunate we are that there are plenty of specialized cancer care facilities worldwide and in most of our communities.
When it comes to an acute cardiac emergency most of us are not in a position to choose where we go. Similarily for those who have chronic heart issues, you also may not have a choice. But then again maybe you do or would like to. How fortunate we are that there are plenty of specialized heart care facilities worldwide and in most of our communities.
When it comes to the prolonged management of diabetes and its complications, how fortunate we are that there are plenty of specialized diabetes care facilities worldwide and in most of our communities.
Hemodialysis is big business. There are an estimated 4200 commercial kidney dialysis centers in the U.S., with revenue of approximately $18 billion. A small center treating about 170 ESRD patients could cost up to $5 million. More than 90% of these centers are run by large health care companies that include DaVita, Renal Care Group, DSI Renal, Renal Advantage, and Fresenius Medical Care. In addition, there are also publicly owned dialysis centers or hospitals providing dialysis care.
Drug addiction is a life long struggle. The good news . . . there are treatment centers and rehabilitation programs for every kind of addiction.
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When it comes to the organ transplantation most of us are not in a position to choose where we go. How fortunate we are that there are plenty of specialized facilities worldwide and in most of our communities. So, where's your facility?
Specialized stroke care facilities are evolving on a worldwide basis. Currently there are only a handful of stroke systems with protocols for screening potential patients and directing them to the stroke center, bypassing other hospitals. The goal is to administer thrombolysis treatment usually within 3 hours but in some cases up to 4.5 hours, although this may change as new treatments develop.
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