The success of the retail model can teach traditional providers a lot about modern healthcare, and in many cases, make their jobs easier. In this special reort, Fierce looks at four lessons from this growing market.
Participants in Medicare's Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program continue to dwindle, with two more announcing their departures even as the research finds the program improves care quality.
Emergency room wait times are on the rise throughout the United States in part due to more patients obtaining insurance under the Affordable Care Act and hospitals are pulling out all the stops to manage and treat patients sooner.
And though organizations have made strides to transition to value-based care and better manage population health, overall the United States spends more on healthcare but ranks last in quality compared to 10 other industrialized Western nations.
It's hard to imagine or dream that a perfect health system could exist--one that would meet all patients' needs at reasonable costs.
So it was with interest that I recently started to read Mark Britnell's new book, "In Search of the Perfect Health System.
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The former chief financial officer of a California hospital is one of five people changed in a $600 million healthcare kickback scheme,
Medical helicopters so well-equipped that one hospital leader calls them "flying intensive care units" are helping people in the rural upper Midwest get emergency medical care that otherwise would be out of reach, the Duluth (Minnesota) News Tribune reported.
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After failing to devise a way to replace the state's managed care organization tax, California lawmakers are facing a $1.1 billion hole in next year's health budget, Kaiser Health News reports.
Two of the men Pamela Wible, M.D., a family practice physician, dated in medical school took their own lives. Eight physicians in her small town committed suicide. Writ large, physician suicide is a public health issue: More than one million patients lose their physicians each year because those physicians take their own lives. In a recent interview with Christine Sinsky, M.D., from the American Medical Association, posted on the KevinMD blog, Wible offered several steps the medical community can take to help prevent additional physician suicides.