Care Delivery

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. 

The use of low-value procedures is harming patients, consuming hospital resources and delaying care for patients for whom the services would be appropriate, according to a new assessment of seven low-value procedures published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Burnout among physicians improved slightly over the last few years, but not all specialties have seen much of a difference, according to data published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

A study published in JAMA Open Network found Asian physicians received lower likelihood to recommend (LTR) scores, compared to non-Hispanic white physicians. With this in mind, health organizations using patient satisfaction scores for physician compensation and promotion should adjust for patient race and ethnicity.

CivicaRx, the not-for-profit entity created last year by a group of health systems and hospitals, is planning to achieve its goals of lowering drug prices and addressing shortages in hospitals by working directly with pharmaceutical companies and buying drugs, Bloomberg reported.

Opioid-related deaths, particularly those associated with synthetic opioids, have impacted the eastern states, according to new research published in JAMA Network Open. Washington D.C. had the highest increase in death rates across the U.S.—more than tripling every year since 2013.

The total number of urgent care centers in the country grew from 8,125 in November 2017 to 8,744 in the same month in 2018—a total growth rate of 8 percent, according to the Urgent Care Association’s 2018 Benchmarking Report. These statistics underscore the changing healthcare preferences among a diversified patient population.