In May, Texas became the last state in the U.S. to allow telemedicine visits without face-to-face preliminary meetings between patients and doctors.
Rural hospitals continue to face fairly dire financial times. The National Rural Health Association last year suggested that more than 670 rural hospitals were at risk of closing. Since 2010, when three rural hospitals shuttered, the annual pace of closures has more than doubled.
Although strides have been made to curb readmissions, the problem still plagues the healthcare system. Medicare, under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, has been penalizing hospitals for excess readmission rates since fiscal 2013.
Since 2003, more than 500 people have been killed in a mass shooting (defined as four or more people dying). During that same period, Congress has failed to act on legislation reauthorizing the ban on semi-automatic weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines.
While hospitals are healing places, their historical practices were often haunting. Some of America's hospital relics are thought to be teeming with ghosts, and even offer tours for those interested in the paranormal.
The hospital industry is keenly interested in how well patients are cared for after they are discharged. Some stats from HHS' Office of Inspector General indicate that the quality of care at nursing homes is slipping.
President Donald Trump last week signed an executive order to exempt health plans offered by trade and professional associations from the same coverage requirements as those offered by small businesses and on the individual market. Many fear such a move would drive up premiums for other plans.
The mass shooting in Las Vegas last week put the spotlight once again on firearm safety in the U.S.
Fall is here and so is flu season, which typically stretches from October to April. Five percent to 20% of the U.S. population is hit with the virus annually and roughly 200,000 people are hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Driven by new care and payment models, a growing number of healthcare organizations are starting to take a hard look at how they can influence factors outside the delivery system—social determinants—to impact community health.
The number of Americans without health insurance continued to fall in 2016, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Last year, 28.1 million people, or 8.8% of the U.S. population, were uninsured for the entire year, down from 29 million people, or 9.1% of the population in 2015.
Houston's hospitals were well-prepared for Hurricane Harvey. In the past 10 years, hospitals in disaster-prone areas across the country have implemented both structural and operational safeguards to keep patients and staffers safe and prevent major damage.