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.
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.
Even with warmer temperatures this year, winter means increased readmission rates for safety-net healthcare providers in urban areas, according to NJBiz
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.
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.
The Affordable Care Act is restoring health to the bottom lines of safety net hospitals, according to USA Today.
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.
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 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.
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.