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Cardiac Hospital Performance

February 2018

The Watson Health™ 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study focuses on one of healthcare’s most important service lines, one that affects hundreds of thousands of patient lives annually and adds billions of dollars to our nation’s overall healthcare costs.

Download this Fact File to discover impartial, action-driving, and attainable benchmarks for hospital and clinical leaders across the country to leverage.

Drivers and Barriers to Value-Based Care Adoption

December 2017

Supported by governmental and payer programs that focus on value across the healthcare system, healthcare organizations are increasingly participating in value-based risk contracting. These organizations are evolving from fee-for-service physician-centric hospitals focused on their inpatient care, to organizations focused on clinical integration, population health, or even person-centric organizations with the consumer as central to the organization of care delivery.

This shift has not been without its challenges, such as physician engagement and alignment and data-driven insights to manage risk and clinical outcomes. Truven Health Analytics®, part of the IBM Watson Health™ business, examined healthcare leader survey results to better understand the challenges and steps these leaders are taking to respond to the shift towards value. Download the latest FactFile to learn more about these survey results.

Potential Impact of ACA Repeal on the Uninsured

November 2017

There continues to be uncertainty regarding the outcome and impact of legislative efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Proposed changes could have a significant impact on uninsured populations—affecting the proportion of uncompensated care provided by the healthcare organizations that serve them.

Download this FactFile to learn more about projected differences across service lines and locality of both uninsured patient care and uninsured ED visits.

Operational Insights

October 2017

The healthcare industry has undergone remarkable changes over five years. Many things have impacted the financial health and stability of hospitals across the United States during this time, including the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the concurrent expansion of Medicaid in some states, the push to reward and penalize based on value, migration of inpatient services to the outpatient setting, and ongoing mergers and acquisitions.

Truven Health Analytics, part of the IBM Watson Health business, has analyzed regional trends in profitability, liquidity, uncompensated care, and collections and reimbursement to study how this period of great change may have impacted financial indicators of hospital performance across the United States. There are striking differences between some regions, potentially indicating the impact of Medicaid expansion, the ACA, and regional patterns of charge structures.