CVS Caremark and Walgreens have significantly increased their clinical affiliation activity in recent years, in attempts to grow market share as retail-based healthcare providers. CVS has entered into a total of 41 partnerships, doubling the number of affiliations of their rival, Walgreens, which has 20.
The Service Employees International Union-Healthcare Workers West is stepping up its campaign to block the sale of Daughters of Charity Health System to Prime Healthcare Services, which is accusing the union of racketeering and extortion.
This makes the United States different from most other countries. In 11 countries that this Health Affairs article looked at, hospitals usually put about 12 percent of their budget toward administrative activities. But in the United States, hospitals spend a full quarter of their funds on filing the necessary paperwork to make sure that surgeries happen and patients get scheduled
Now with five acute-care hospital campuses, dozens of outpatient centers throughout San Diego County, and more than 13,500 employees and 2,600 affiliated physicians, Scripps is ranked as one of the top 15 integrated health systems in the country by Truven Health Analytics. The system has made Fortune's "100 Best Hospitals to Work For" list for six consecutive years. Scripps CEO Chris Now Van Gorder is sharing the story of building this IDN in a riveting new book, "The Front-Line Leader: Building a High-Performance Organization From the Ground Up."
Kaiser Permanente CIO Philip Fasano wrote an excellent book on Healthcare IT - a must read to learn more about both IT in the health care space and Kaiser. Mr. Fasano's move to the largest health insurer is a significant tell for our business, notably the increased reliance on big data as well as the alignment of insurance companies and care providers.
This article proves that while you can debate if the reform we got was the reform we needed you can't argue the need for reform. Hospital leadership continues to posture, obfuscate and down right mislead consumers of their services. What is going to get this to change?
While managing the health of a population is a noble cause and logically should fall under the purview of a health system (at least according to the federal government), there is little, if any, evidence that the current obsession with taking global risk for the management of the health of a population will end any better than it did in the 90s. Here are 10 reasons why capitated risk is still not likely to take hold anytime soon:
Glendale Adventist's settlement is the third Los Angeles has filed so far this year. In January, 102-bed Beverly Hospital in Montebello, Calif., paid $200,000 in a patient-dumping case. Pacifica Hospital of the Valley, a 231-bed facility in Sun Valley, Calif., agreed to a $500,000 settlement. The city has been working with the Hospital Association of Southern California to help hospitals communicate with all patients and carry out proper discharges for them.