Healthcare execs read our leadership stories to keep up with the latest news and trends. Can you guess which story was most popular?
We at HealthLeaders Media have had a busy year covering the latest developments in the business of healthcare. We've met interesting people, unpacked complex regulatory trends, and kept on eye on who's making waves.
Below you'll find a listing of the eight most-read stories from our leadership coverage this year—with the top spot going to a feature that truly reflects the state of the industry in 2017.
8. Ascension Buying Chicago's Presence Health
In a nonbinding letter of intent, the nation's largest Catholic health system announced plans in August to acquire Chicago's Presence Health.
If the acquisition is completed, terms of which were not disclosed, the 12-hospital Presence Health will be added to AMITA Health, which is a Chicago-based joint venture between Ascension’s Alexian Brothers Health System, based in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and Adventist Midwest Health in Hinsdale.
7. What's Next for Retail Healthcare?
Facing the undeniable popularity of various forms of convenience care, healthcare systems have increasingly gotten into the retail game through partnerships with or creation of store-based clinics, standalone walk-in and urgent care clinics, and supplemental telemedicine services.
Debra Shute wrote about this trend in September.
6. Freestanding Emergency Dept. Care Significantly Costlier Than Urgent Care
When he looked into the cost of emergency care in March, John Commins found that the total price of a freestanding emergency room visit in Texas can cost 10-times as much as a trip to an urgent care clinic, according to research published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.
(One of the study's co-authors later criticized those who interpret the findings inappropriately, contributing "to the false undervaluing of emergency care and emergency physicians.")