Gregory A. Freeman is a contributing writer for HealthLeaders.
Nearly three-quarters of physicians in a recent survey would not recommend the profession to family members, citing the lost 'art of being a physician.'
As health systems merge and expand, not everyone ends up with the same clinical decision support and other resources. The cost is usually the biggest obstacle.
Industry leaders cited market disruptions, the transition to value-based care, and other topics. Cybersecurity barely made the list.
The expansion of Medicaid under the ACA did not lead to any increase in complex surgical procedures at high-volume hospitals for minorities and low-income patients. The study results suggest Medicaid expansion does not address these disparities.
An ambitious plan to save troubled Verity Health System ended in bankruptcy. Hospital CEOs should see Verity as confirming a trend.
Patients have different priorities when judging hospital quality. Ratings sites should factor in those patient perspectives more, an analyst group says.
Target hospitals may see a small savings, but not nearly as much as promised. Acquiring hospitals are likely to see none at all.
A large majority of survey respondents say the economy is poised for growth, and nearly half say the healthcare sector is looking better than in recent years.
Google's parent company is following the path of Amazon and others with a large investment in the technology-oriented insurer.
Analysts say the deal makes sense, and the PBM board of directors agrees.