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Report: NJ hospitals contributed a half-billion dollars in free care in 2013
New Jersey hospitals provided more than half a billion dollars in free care to the poor and uninsured in 2013, according to a new report.
In all, the New Jersey Hospital Association said the hospitals in the report provided $2.8 billion in benefits to their communities. The data come from 60 hospitals statewide; the association extrapolated the numbers to create an accounting for the 72 acute care hospitals in New Jersey.
The estimated community benefit for the prior year was just under $2.6 billion, the association records show.
Nurses urge state to increase mandated staffing levels at hospitals
Whether New Jersey hospitals should be required to have more nurses — and whether this would lead to improved safety or less flexibility for hospital managers — is at the center of a policy debate brewing in Trenton.
A coalition of labor unions is pushing the state to revise its minimum nurse-staffing rules for the first time since 1987, and to add teeth to the mandates by including penalties for hospitals that don’t follow the rules. They point to studies finding a link between improved patient safety and lower patient-nurse ratios.
States target anti-vaccine parents amid measles outbreak
A national debate over mandatory child vaccination is forcing state legislatures to reconsider decades-old laws allowing parents to opt out of inoculations.
A measles outbreak that started in California has infected about 100 people, a minority of which are confirmed to be vaccinated. Flare-ups of the highly contagious disease are becoming more common in the U.S., where 19 states have laws letting people choose not to vaccinate their children based on personal belief, rather than solely for medical or religious reasons.
Improving physician-hospital engagement
Hospitals & Health Networks
The rapid pace of reform is requiring healthcare leaders to accelerate progress on physician engagement initiatives. To that end, physicians and hospital administrators may find a road map useful for improving the level of engagement. Such a road map can be enhanced by specific measures designed to show whether the engagement initiative is achieving meaningful results.
This article proposes one such road map in the form of 12 positive actions — six actions for administrators and six for physicians. Each action is quantifiable in specific measures that are meaningful to all parties.
The biggest US healthcare challenges are management challenges
Harvard Business Review
Few healthcare leaders would disagree that the U.S. healthcare industry needs to drastically change. But do we have leaders in place who have the courage to raise their hand and lead the charge? In the classical theory of disruption, reform from within is almost impossible. It is hungry, fast-moving new entrants that upend slumbering incumbents. But at athenahealth, we're seeing early signs of another possibility; more than any time in recent memory, provider groups themselves are preparing to do the disrupting.
Modern healthcare consumers will be drawn to physician profiles done right
Whether newly insured, seeking care for the first time as an adult or disgruntled with a current provider, prospective patients represent golden opportunities for healthcare systems, hospitals, physicians and practices. Although organizations go to great lengths to attract local patients, many overlook the power of online physician profiles to boost their organizations' local visibility and enhance the patient experience. These three step will show how physician profiles enhance the patient experience, how organizations can create successful physician profiles, and how timely real-world content can help.
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Millennials are reshaping healthcare
By Scott E. Rupp
Global consumer collaboration consultancy Communispace recently released a report called, "Healthcare without Borders: How Millennials are Reshaping Health and Wellness," which examines millennial healthcare values and how they will impact businesses across the industry. The report focuses on several areas of millennials' lives, including technology. Millennials are far more likely than other generations to rely on mobile and online tools to monitor and maintain their health, the report states.
ICD-10 implementation costs hinge on physician practice size
A new survey of ICD-10 implementation costs in small physician practices in the Journal of AHIMA again raises doubts about the accuracy of previous reports estimating the financial costs of transitioning to the new code set. These new data come by way of the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management, which specializes in working with physician practice managers.
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