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A new AHA report provides a wealth of benchmarking data for hospital boards, answering questions about typical size of the hospital board, board diversity, term limits, board selection, orientation/education, evaluation, time commitment, and more. The report includes data and commentary organized by these categories: Board composition Board structure and support Board practices Performance oversight Board […]
Data from the American Medical Association’s Physician Practice Benchmark Surveys indicates for the first time ever that more physicians are employees rather than owners of medical practices. Physician employment has been an ongoing trend in recent years, but the AMA report indicates the pace of growth has slowed. This latest report provides data and discussion […]
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing and the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers have published their latest joint biennial survey results on the nation’s nursing workforce. The report provides a statistical overview and discussion of both registered nurses [RN] and licensed practical/vocational nurses [LPN/LVN]. Survey findings cover these topics: Size of […]
Falls are a major health concern for older adults world-wide, particularly in long-term care (LTC), where approximately 60% of residents fall at least once per year, and 30% of falls cause injury…” The value of installing a synthetic rubber flooring (compliant flooring) over a concrete floor was compared to plywood over concrete in this randomized […]
Potential approaches that may reduce the risk for readmission or death after discharge [for diabetes patients] include delaying patient release from the hospital until normoglycemia is achieved, modifying outpatient [diabetes] medications or advise patients to perform frequent glucose monitoring or use continuous glucose-monitoring devices."
…we identified 51 condition groups most sensitive to emergency care, conditions where timely, high-quality emergency care is expected to make an impact on mortality and morbidity.” A comprehensive list of emergency care sensitive conditions (ECSC) developed by an expert panel to represent adult patient conditions that are most appropriate for emergency care is the focus of […]
The perceived shortage of pharmacists is in decline, while the perceived shortage of pharmacy technicians, especially those with years of experience, is increasing.” Results of a nationwide survey of hospital pharmacy directors about workforce and staffing are reported in this article. The good news is that there is a robust supply of entry-level hospital pharmacists. […]
Dual-CEO models can work as a ‘bridge to completing a deal’ between health systems that might otherwise be skeptical of a merger, and it can be a ‘potentially successful short-term solution…’ [Daily Briefing, March 20, 2019] In some mergers, consolidation of the legacy organizations results in creating a dual-CEO or co-CEO or co-President position. This […]
The amount of revenue generated by different specialties for the hospitals where they practice is analyzed every three years by Merritt Hawkins, a physician recruiting firm. New data for 2019 edition show the following specialties to be the highest in revenue generation (these figures are rounded): $3.7 million: Cardiovascular Surgery $3.5 million: Invasive Cardiology $3.4 […]
A practice model intended to improve the delivery of primary care services by using teams of clinicians is described in this editorial by Dr. Thomas Bodenheimer, co-founder of the Center for Excellence in Primary Care. The model is based on stable teams in which the same people work together consistently and patients get to know […]
Perhaps the most critical loss was the cessation of computer entry systems, reversion to paper data monitoring, and associated inability to reliably measure individual and population outcomes against past results and future targets. Residents of rural Franklin County, Maine, were compared with the rest of the state on mortality and smoking rates in this decades-long study. […]
In 2018, 30.4 million persons of all ages (9.4%) were uninsured at the time of interview – not significantly different from 2017, but 18.2 million fewer persons than in 2010.” The number of people without health insurance in 2018 was 30.4 million, or 9.4 percent of the civilian noninstitutionalized population, according to national estimates from […]
The Center for Connected Health Policy, the National Telehealth Policy Resource Center, has released its latest biannual update on state telehealth laws, regulations, and policies, with a primary focus on Medicaid fee-for-service programs. However, managed care/private payer laws are also covered when available. Telehealth policy trends are briefly summarized from a national perspective, followed by […]
The advances in the development of wearable and remote monitoring devices are growing exponentially.” Monitoring symptoms of cancer patients and their participation with oncologist-recommended physical activity are two potential uses of wearable devices, according to this literature review by the authors – physicians affiliated with the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Mayo Clinic and other […]
Patients with office visit times later in the clinic day were found to be less likely to receive orders for breast or colorectal screening tests in this study of 33 primary care practice sites. Additionally, patients with appointments later in the day were found to be less likely to actually have the screening done within […]

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