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Consumer Health Status

HealthLeaders magazine, September 13, 2014

Healthcare providers can deliver much more effective care if they have an understanding of the characteristics, attitudes, and self-reported health status of a patient's age group. By communicating effectively and delivering care in a manner that resonates with that particular group of patients, healthcare providers can strive to achieve better outcomes and higher patient satisfaction.

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Hospital Financial Trends

HealthLeaders magazine, August 13, 2014

The median fiscal and operational performance of U.S. hospitals over the past year remained relatively flat, despite expectations to the contrary. The data spans a four-year period from 2009Q4 to 2013Q4. Overall, hospitals saw flat or no growth in utilization, but major teaching hospitals saw steady utilization growth. Among the other trends:

  • Outpatient charges are increasing as a percentage of total charges
  • Hospitals have been able to control margins by managing costs
  • Hospital margins have recovered since 2011 and have regained historic levels
  • 25% of all hospitals had negative margins
  • Hospitals control labor and supply expenses better than other operating expenses
  • All components of supply expense have been well-controlled
  • Average age of the plant continues to increase

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Health System Performance

HealthLeaders magazine, June 13, 2014

The Truven Health 15 Top Health Systems® in the United States outperform their peers by demonstrating balanced excellence—operating effectively across all functional areas of their organizations. Investigating the winner and nonwinner data from this study is a useful way to see how the nation’s health and the industry's bottom lines could be improved. For apples-to-apples comparisons, the 15 Top Health Systems were placed into size categories by total operating expense: large (>$1.5 billion),medium ($750 million–$1.5 billion), and small (<$750 million).

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