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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264758/merging-outpatient-addiction-and-opioid-maintenance-programs-during-a-disaster-lessons-from-hurricane-sandy
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Vishal K Gupta, Helena Hansen, Sonia Mendoza, Xinlin Linda Chen, Ronnie G Swift
OBJECTIVE: After Hurricane Sandy flooded Bellevue Hospital in New York City, its opiate maintenance patients were displaced and Bellevue's outpatient program was temporarily merged with the program at Metropolitan Hospital for continuation of care. The merger forced Metropolitan to accommodate a program twice as large as its own and required special staff coordination and adjustments in clinical care. METHODS: Physicians, clinicians, and administrators from both institutions participated in interviews regarding the merger...
March 7, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236720/do-hospital-mergers-reduce-costs
#2
Matt Schmitt
Proponents of hospital consolidation claim that mergers lead to significant cost savings, but there is little systematic evidence backing these claims. For a large sample of hospital mergers between 2000 and 2010, I estimate difference-in-differences models that compare cost trends at acquired hospitals to cost trends at hospitals whose ownership did not change. I find evidence of economically and statistically significant cost reductions at acquired hospitals. On average, acquired hospitals realize cost savings between 4 and 7 percent in the years following the acquisition...
March 2017: Journal of Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214046/productivity-growth-case-mix-and-optimal-size-of-hospitals-a-16-year-study-of-the-norwegian-hospital-sector
#3
Kjartan Sarheim Anthun, Sverre Andreas Campbell Kittelsen, Jon Magnussen
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: This paper analyses productivity growth in the Norwegian hospital sector over a period of 16 years, 1999-2014. This period was characterized by a large ownership reform with subsequent hospital reorganizations and mergers. We describe how technological change, technical productivity, scale efficiency and the estimated optimal size of hospitals have evolved during this period. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Hospital admissions were grouped into diagnosis-related groups using a fixed-grouper logic...
January 30, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190508/navigating-the-clinical-trial-pathway-conception-design-execution-and-results-dissemination
#4
John S Sampalis, Joanne Watson, Stella Boukas, Marianna Boukas, Natalie Harvey, Sanjay Machado, Michel Bordeleau, Emmanouil Rampakakis
Dr Sampalis is founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Scientific Officer of JSS Medical Research Inc, founded in 1997. He is a tenured professor of Surgery and Epidemiology & Biostatistics of McGill University, the University of Montreal and University of Laval. Recognized as a leading clinical epidemiologist and one of the top trauma researchers in Canada, he possesses extensive expertise in health services research, clinical trials, and offers services as a Research and Epidemiological Consultant for numerous pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and government organizations and agencies...
March 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167725/little-evidence-exists-to-support-the-expectation-that-providers-would-consolidate-to-enter-new-payment-models
#5
Hannah T Neprash, Michael E Chernew, J Michael McWilliams
Provider consolidation has been associated with higher health care prices and spending. The prevailing wisdom is that payment reform will accelerate consolidation, especially between physicians and hospitals and among physician groups, as providers position themselves to bear financial risk for the full continuum of patient care. Drawing on data from a number of sources from 2008 onward, we examined the relationship between Medicare's accountable care organization (ACO) programs and provider consolidation. We found that consolidation was under way in the period 2008-10, before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) established the ACO programs...
February 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160892/family-planning-american-style-redux-unintended-pregnancy-improves-barriers-remain
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Lauren Thaxton, Eve Espey
This article discusses barriers to reducing unintended pregnancy. Numerous factors may explain the high rate of unintended pregnancy in the United States, including inadequate sex education, confusing media messages about sex, cultural attitudes about sex and young parenting, conflation of contraception with abortion, inadequate health care access, burdensome contraceptive dispensing practices, and hospital merger limitations on care. Successful and promising approaches to expanding access to reproductive health care and reducing unintended pregnancy are discussed...
March 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121600/emboldened-the-ftc-seems-ready-to-fight-more-mergers
#7
Richard Mark Kirkner
Because hospital spending makes up the largest piece of U.S. health care spending-32%, according to data from CMS-any judicial rulings or legislative move to curb a hospital's market dominance are key to controlling overall health care costs. The FTC is stepping in.
November 2016: Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121569/hospital-mergers-may-go-on-whoever-wins-in-november
#8
Robert Calandra
Passage of the ACA in 2010 led to some merger mania. Proponents of mergers and acquisitions say they can lower costs by creating economies of scale and smoothing the way for all kinds of clinical integration. But others say the fact that they can doesn't mean they do.
September 2016: Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094051/competition-policy-for-health-care-provision-in-portugal
#9
Pedro Pita Barros
We review the role of competition among healthcare providers in Portugal, which has a public National Health Service (NHS) at the core of the health system. There is little competition among healthcare providers within the NHS. Competition among NHS primary care providers is hindered by excess demand (many residents in Portugal do not have a designated family doctor). Competition among NHS hospitals has been traditionally limited to cases of maximum guaranteed waiting time for surgery being exceeded. The Portuguese Competition Authority enforces competition law...
February 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956096/policies-towards-hospital-and-gp-competition-in-five-european-countries
#10
Luigi Siciliani, Martin Chalkley, Hugh Gravelle
This study provides an overview of policies affecting competition amongst hospitals and GPs in five European countries: France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway and Portugal. Drawing on the policies and empirical evidence described in five case studies, we find both similarities and differences in the approaches adopted. Constraints on patients' choices of provider have been relaxed but countries differ in the amount and type of information that is provided in the public domain. Hospitals are increasingly paid via fixed prices per patient to encourage them to compete on quality but prices are set in different ways across countries...
February 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923494/competition-policy-for-health-care-provision-in-the-netherlands
#11
Frederik T Schut, Marco Varkevisser
In the Netherlands in 2006 a major health care reform was introduced, aimed at reinforcing regulated competition in the health care sector. Health insurers were provided with strong incentives to compete and more room to negotiate and selectively contract with health care providers. Nevertheless, the bargaining position of health insurers vis-à-vis both GPs and hospitals is still relatively weak. GPs are very well organized in a powerful national interest association (LHV) and effectively exploit the long-standing trust relationship with their patients...
February 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818131/threats-to-reproductive-health-care-time-for-obstetrician-gynecologists-to-get-involved
#12
David L Eisenberg, V C Leslie
To be healthy, support their families, and be productive members of their communities, women must have access to comprehensive reproductive health services including treatment of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy and access to abortion, sterilization, and other contraceptive methods. However, in the United States, hospitals and legislative bodies are erecting barriers and limiting access to these basic health care services. These barriers are caused by factors such as hospital mergers (specifically those that are religiously affiliated); federal, state, and local legislation; hospital policies; and business-related decisions are threatening reproductive health care...
November 4, 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806788/-treatment-and-prognostic-analysis-of-retinoblastoma-patients-with-choroid-invasion
#13
Y Z Wang, D S Huang, J T Shi, J M Ma, B Li, X L Xu, H M Hu, Y Zhou, H L Gu
Objective: To observe the treatment and prognosis of choroid invasion of retinoblastoma (RB) in children. Method: A total of 149 children who had been diagnosed with unilateral RB and received enucleation disclosing tumor invasion to choroid from January 2006 to December 2013 in Beijing Tongren Hospital were recruited in this study. Choroid involvement was classified as massive choroid invasion and focal choroid invasion. Massive choroid invasion was defined as a maximum diameter of invasive tumor focus of 3 mm or more in diameter that might reach the scleral tissue...
November 2, 2016: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27687918/does-laminar-airflow-make-a-difference-to-the-infection-rates-for-lower-limb-arthroplasty-a-study-using-the-national-joint-registry-and-local-surgical-site-infection-data-for-two-hospitals-with-and-without-laminar-airflow
#14
S Singh, S Reddy, Raj Shrivastava
This study compared the National Joint Registry for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man (NJR) data for total hip replacements (THRs) and total knee replacements (TKRs) from Hospital A [with laminar airflow (LAF)] and Hospital B (without LAF). These hospitals were originally managed by two different trusts that subsequently merged. Consequently, the theatres in Hospital A have always had LAF and those in Hospital B had only conventional ventilation systems. As this merger happened before the establishment of the NJR, it puts us in a unique position, enabling direct comparison of the revision rates for infected hip and knee replacements between the two hospitals that follow similar infection protocols...
February 2017: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27625744/hospital-and-health-plan-partnerships-the-affordable-care-act-s-impact-on-promoting-health-and-wellness
#15
Michelle Vu, Annesha White, Virginia P Kelley, Jennifer Kuca Hopper, Cathy Liu
BACKGROUND: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) healthcare reforms, centered on achieving the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Triple Aim goals of improving patient care quality and satisfaction, improving population health, and reducing costs, have led to increasing partnerships between hospitals and insurance companies and the implementation of employee wellness programs. Hospitals and insurance companies have opted to partner to distribute the risk and resources and increase coordination of care...
July 2016: American Health & Drug Benefits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27584895/affiliation-and-its-benefits-to-the-hospital-and-community
#16
Maureen Schneider
As a result of the Affordable Care Act, innovative strategies must be developed and initiated to work with the Affordable Care Act in order to diminish fragmentation of care delivery and thereby improve quality and reduce costs. It is imperative for health care organizations to explore options from mergers and acquisitions to affiliation agreements in order to prepare for business transformation. Since financial strength combined with independent governance and retention of cultural identity may be optimal, a legal transactional structure such as an affiliation is sometimes the best course of action for a health system...
October 2016: Nursing Administration Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27584890/two-essential-roles-health-care-network-nurse-leaders-and-local-nurse-leaders
#17
Maureen Schneider
American health care organizations are experiencing increasing change driven by emerging partnerships, market demographics, population health initiatives, and merger and acquisition trends. The health care business environment necessitates alterations in how companies operate on a larger scale. New regional leadership roles are being created to provide leadership to systematize networks, build market share, and strengthen market needs. It is important and necessary to explore, review, and contrast the roles, skills, and behaviors of regional leader's roles and the solo organization leaders...
October 2016: Nursing Administration Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27526483/amsurg-envision-merger-aims-at-hospital-appetite-for-buffet-of-physician-services
#18
Dave Barkholz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 20, 2016: Modern Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27380119/impact-of-early-inpatient-rehabilitation-on-adult-burn-survivors-functional-outcomes-and-resource-utilization
#19
Manuel Gomez, Morris Tushinski, Marc G Jeschke
On July 2012, a rehabilitation hospital merged with a trauma center where the regional burn center is located. That rehabilitation center provides the only burn rehabilitation program in our region. The objective of this study was to determine if earlier initiation of inpatient rehabilitation after merger had an effect on burn survivors' functional outcomes and resource utilization. A retrospective review of electronic data of burn survivors' functional outcomes (functional independence measure [FIM] ratings on admission, at discharge, and percent change), and resource utilization (waiting time for rehab, burn center length of stay [LOS], rehab LOS, physiotherapy and occupational therapy rehabilitation workload [RehabWorkload], and discharge destination) was undertaken...
January 2017: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27265946/effective-staffing-takes-a-village-creating-the-staffing-ecosystem
#20
Margaret Gavigan, Therese A Fitzpatrick, Carole Miserendino
The traditional approaches to staffing and scheduling are often ineffective in assuring sufficient budgeting and deployment of staff to assure the right nurse at the right time for the right cost. As hospital merger activity increases, this exercise is further complicated by the need to rationalize staffing across multiple enterprises and standardize systems and processes. This Midwest hospital system successfully optimized staffing at the unit and enterprise levels by utilizing operations research methodologies...
March 2016: Nursing Economic$
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