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AHIP gains four new members

AHIP gains four new members

July 16, 2018

AHIP's four new members focus on Medicaid managed care and Medicare Advantage portfolios. They have joined the trade group as the industry faces bullish prospects for government business.

FEMA's unpreparedness hurt providers in 2017 hurricane season

FEMA's unpreparedness hurt providers in 2017 hurricane season

July 16, 2018

FEMA didn't have the infrastructure in place to share information quickly enough to properly react to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, according to its after-action report. That left many providers in the dark as they tried to recover.

Telemedicine could soften geneticist shortage

Telemedicine could soften geneticist shortage

By Lydia Coutré  |  July 16, 2018

To help meet the growing demand for genetics services amid a national shortage of genetic providers, some health systems in northeast Ohio have turned to telemedicine.

Hospital execs say inpatient volume growth isn't rebounding

Hospital execs say inpatient volume growth isn't rebounding

July 16, 2018

A new survey of hospital executives found inpatient utilization increased 0.7% in the second quarter of 2018, down from 1% at the same time in 2017. Patients continue to flock to cheaper outpatient settings for services.

Q&A with HealthPartners' Andrea Walsh on her first year as CEO

Q&A with HealthPartners' Andrea Walsh on her first year as CEO

July 14, 2018

Andrea Walsh took over as CEO in June 2017. It's been mostly smooth sailing for Walsh, but an easy start shouldn't be surprising given Walsh's 23-year tenure at HealthPartners, most recently as executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

Data Points: Beware of skin cancer during the dog days of summer

Data Points: Beware of skin cancer during the dog days of summer

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 14, 2018

The dog days of summer have arrived—running from July 3 to Aug. 11, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. The 40-day stretch typically coincides with the hottest days of the year. Perfect for sitting by the pool, lake or ocean. But don't forget that sunscreen, or better yet, head-to-toe UV-blocking swimwear.

Docs don't drain hospital finances, systems say

Docs don't drain hospital finances, systems say

July 14, 2018

Most health systems that responded to Modern Healthcare's Hospital Systems Survey said hiring more physicians either did not materially change their financial performance or actually improved it, a surprising finding given research that shows hospitals lose money on employed physicians.

'Avocado Hand' epidemic sends guac lovers to the ER

'Avocado Hand' epidemic sends guac lovers to the ER

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 14, 2018

The danger of #AvocadoHand is spreading on social media, where users post photos and stories of accidentally stabbing themselves in the hand while trying to cut an avocado.

Editorial: Caring about children's health after they're born

Editorial: Caring about children's health after they're born

July 14, 2018

As we hunker down for months of culture wars over abortion, here's a question worth pondering: Wouldn't it be nice if the governing party in Washington cared as much about the well-being of children and their mothers during and after birth as they do about fetuses?

Hospital Systems: 2018 (Excel--full results)

July 14, 2018

Full survey results data from 47 of the nation's largest hospital and healthcare systems. Source: Modern Healthcare's 42nd annual Hospital Systems Survey. Published July 16, 2018.


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