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Readmission penalties increase safety-net hospital burden

Medicare's focus on readmissions as a primary metric for determining the quality of care hospitals presents a serious dilemma for safety-net hospitals, according to a blog post from Health Affairs.

How digital initiatives can help improve health of safety-net populations

It's important to understand the needs of safety-net populations to achieve the potential digital health holds in improving their health, according to a report from the California Health Care Foundation.

Winters bring increased readmissions for urban safety-net hospitals

Even with warmer temperatures this year, winter means increased readmission rates for safety-net healthcare providers in urban areas, according to NJBiz

Limited resources doom safety-net hospital surgical outcomes

Safety-net hospitals experience higher mortality, complication and readmission rates--along with higher costs--for nine common elective surgical procedures,according to a new study published in  JAMA Surgery. 

Hospital closures don't hurt patient outcomes

Although hospital closures remain a major concern within the healthcare industry, they did not significantly affect hospitalizations or mortality rates in recent years, according to a new study published in Health Affairs.

ACA is big boost to bottom line of safety net hospitals

The Affordable Care Act is restoring health to the bottom lines of safety net hospitals, according to USA Today.

Safety-net hospitals, unions fight reimbursement disparities

Steward Health Care System, which owns several safety nets, and Local 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East yesterday launched the Massachusetts Healthcare Equality and Affordability League to fight payment inequalities that favor a handful high-cost wealthy Boston hospitals.

Care quality linked to patient population, illness severity

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center researchers found patient population, rather than a hospital's resources (defined as Medicaid burden), best predicts quality outcomes for pediatric patients, according to the study in this month's Pediatrics.

Safety net finances to worsen with ACA

Safety-net hospitals that receive generous public subsidies will experience significant financial reversals if they do not change their business practices prior to the Affordable Care Act taking effect in 2014, according to a Commonwealth Fund study.

Safety nets provide quality care despite financial burdens

Although safety-net hospitals face financial pressures to treat large numbers of uninsured and low-income patients, quality of care doesn't suffer, according to a study published in the August Health Affairs.