Care Delivery

Some 33.3% of cancer patients add their own alternative treatment regimen to whatever conventional cancer care they’re receiving—and almost 30% of those don’t tell their doctors they’re doing so.

As incidents producing mass casualties can occur anywhere at any time, leadership at trauma centers of all levels do well to prepare. A good place to start is learning from the experiences of urban hospitals dealing with shooting victims every day or close to it.

The CDC has confirmed nearly 600 cases of a deadly multi-drug-resistant fungus in the U.S. as of February 28, with most cases concentrated in New Jersey, New York and Illinois.

Heart attack patients aged 65 and up stay hospitalized longer than those aged 65 or under—yet the seniors ring up significantly smaller bills per stay. The bad news is that the “savings” likely come in the form of fewer percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs, aka angioplasties) to open blocked heart arteries nonsurgically.

It’s been 33 years since the federal government began requiring hospitals to take in patients after stabilization in the ED if the case called for admission and the hospital had the clinical expertise to provide the extended care. Yet Medicaid patients and the uninsured still have higher odds of getting transferred than those with high-quality insurance plans.

Women and uninsured individuals are the most likely candidates to skimp on daily medications and practice other money-saving techniques in an effort to reduce their prescription drug costs, according to a report published by the CDC this March.

More than 10,000 nurses from Montefiore Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital and New York Presbyterian are set to strike April 2 after months of negotiation failed to yield safer nurse-to-patient ratios, the New York State Nurses Association has announced.

Consumers are more into convenient options when it comes to just about any industry, but in healthcare, the preference has led to national growth in freestanding emergency departments (FSEDs).

Mothers who gave birth twice were more likely to switch to another hospital after the first birth if they received a surprise bill following care, according to a recent study published in Health Affairs.

Drug manufacturer Eli Lilly plans to offer a half-priced version of its insulin medication Humalog, the company announced March 4.

Sepsis is a leading cause of mortality in U.S. hospitals. However, most of these deaths are unlikely to be prevented with better care in hospitals, according to a new study published in JAMA Network Open. 

More employers are actively integrating or considering integrating their medical, pharmacy, dental, vision and/or disability benefits under their health and wellness programs in the next five years thanks to the positive impact on employees, a study from Anthem found.