Of the 247 emergency room (ER) physicians who responded to the ACEP poll, only 6 percent said their department is “completely” prepared for surge capacity in the wake of a disaster or mass casualty incident.
May 22, 2018 | Leadership
“Where we are headed right now is probably not sustainable. We will not get to a single-payer system in the current administration, maybe [not] even in the next. Things will have to get worse before they get better," said Doug Koekkoek, MD.
May 21, 2018 | Leadership
Thomas Miller has led Quorum Health since it was spun off from Community Health Systems in 2016. Like other for-profit hospital operators, it has run into financial issues in recent years—it closed or divested of 10 hospitals since the spinoff and has targeted up to $215 million in additional sales of assets after reporting a net loss of $98.5 million in the first quarter of 2018.
May 21, 2018 | Leadership
Kent’s move to the 504-bed Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, comes after more than 25 years of experience within the health system.
May 21, 2018 | Leadership
After President Donald Trump’s last nominee for VA Secretary withdrew from consideration over numerous allegations about his personal conduct and prescribing habits, Trump has picked Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie to take over the role in a full-time capacity.
May 18, 2018 | Leadership
Matt Eyles will take over on June 1 as the new CEO of the health insurance industry’s largest lobbying group, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Ahead of assuming the top post, he spoke with Vox about several major legislative trends which could impact insurers.
May 17, 2018 | Quality
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston has long been touted as one of the top hospitals in the country for heart transplant and surgery. In recent years, however, its quality scores have plummeted and top physicians have left, all while the center was being led by a relatively inexperienced surgeon.
May 17, 2018 | Leadership
The top senators on the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs had floated the idea of issuing a subpoena to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MPH, after she repeatedly declined to testify before the panel on Medicaid fraud and overpayments. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, later said Congress and the agency will "work cooperatively."
May 15, 2018 | Leadership
CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MPH, spoke at a May 15 Washington Post event focused on health policy, offering some hints on where her agency’s Medicaid and Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations may be headed.
May 15, 2018 | Leadership
Health systems have made upgrades to revenue cycle solutions one of their top priorities in recent years, but C-suite leaders may not be happy with the results when it comes to reducing denials, according to a survey from Dimensional Insight and HIMSS Analytics.
May 11, 2018 | Quality
The “Just Culture” model to encourage healthcare professionals to report mistakes to focus on improving processes, not punishment, hasn’t worked, according to a study authored by Marc Edwards, MD, MBA, of the QA to QI Patient Safety Organization.
May 10, 2018 | Leadership
Four years into its integration into the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) health system, Children’s Hospital Oakland physicians are complaining they’re being treated as less important than those at its sister institution, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, driving away researchers and other physicians.
May 09, 2018 | Leadership
Looking at the transition in leadership at 490 hospitals, a study found 82 facilities chose a new chief executive from among their existing C-suite leaders, while the vast majority—408 hospitals—went with an outside hire.
May 09, 2018 | Leadership
May 9 marks 100 days since Alex Azar was sworn in as the second HHS Secretary under President Donald Trump. Judging by what lobbyists, policy experts and Democrats said to Axios, he’s seen in a more positive light than his predecessor Tom Price, MD.
May 08, 2018 | Leadership
In her remarks at the American Hospital Association’s annual meeting, CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MPH, offered some criticism of current accountable care organizations (ACOs) that haven’t taken on downside risk, hinting those payment models may be targeted by CMS regulations.
May 04, 2018 | Leadership
In an article for RealClearHealth, CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MPH, said the industry can expect more proposals meant to push consumerism in healthcare along the lines of recent policies on price transparency and easier data sharing.
May 03, 2018 | Leadership
“Repealing the individual mandate was exactly the right thing to do. Forcing Americans to buy something they don’t want undermines individual liberty as well as free markets,” Price said in a statement released through the Job Creators Network, a pro-business group for which he is a healthcare fellow.
May 01, 2018 | Leadership
Tom Price, MD, was a major supporter of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), both in Congress and during his short tenure as President Donald Trump’s HHS Secretary. Since he left office, Republicans zeroed out the ACA penalty for not being insured, but Price said the move will increase premiums in the law’s health insurance exchanges.
May 01, 2018 | Leadership
Median earned base-to-bonus ratio—measuring what proportion of compensation comes from incentives beyond base salary—rose for several job titles in 2017.
Apr 26, 2018 | Leadership
Eric Hargan, deputy secretary of HHS, opened AcademyHealth’s Health Datapalooza conference by saying the Trump administration isn’t afraid of causing “disruption” in the current healthcare system to solve issues surrounding affordability and accessibility.
Apr 26, 2018 | Leadership
Ronny Jackson, MD, said he’s “regretfully” withdrawing his nomination, saying he “did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity.”