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Data Points: Rural Hospitals at Risk

Data Points: Rural Hospitals at Risk

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 02, 2017

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.

Data Points: Getting a handle on readmissions

Data Points: Getting a handle on readmissions

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 25, 2017

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.

Data Points: Is it time to talk?

Data Points: Is it time to talk?

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 11, 2017

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.

Data Points: Places of healing with a ghoulish past

Data Points: Places of healing with a ghoulish past

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 28, 2017

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.

Data Points: Nursing home quality

Data Points: Nursing home quality

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 21, 2017

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.

Data Points: New life for association health plans?

Data Points: New life for association health plans?

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 14, 2017

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.

Data Points: Sniff sniff...pass the chicken soup!

Data Points: Sniff sniff...pass the chicken soup!

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 30, 2017

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.

Data Points: Social Responsibility

Data Points: Social Responsibility

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 23, 2017

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.

Data Points: Ranks of the uninsured dwindle again in 2016

Data Points: Ranks of the uninsured dwindle again in 2016

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 16, 2017

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.

Data Points: Hurricane Katrina's lasting legacy

Data Points: Hurricane Katrina's lasting legacy

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 02, 2017

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.

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