Posted on March 09, 2021
Hospital closures and razor thin margins were a problem before the pandemic. Rallying cries for diversity and inclusion didn’t start in 2020. But the past 12 months has applied unprecedented pressure on hospitals to address both of these challenges in equal measure. From a financial standpoint, hospitals are being forced to decide what senior leadership positions must be cut and what job openings go unfilled.
Posted on March 03, 2021
Medicare beneficiaries aren’t immune to mental illness. The CDC estimates 1 out of 5 adults over the age of 65 have depression. A study of CMS data from 2019 found that 23% of Medicare beneficiaries have a serious mental illness, such as bipolar disease, schizophrenia, or major depressive disorder, while another 8% had a common mental health disorder, defined as anxiety disorders, personality disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder.
Posted on February 24, 2021
In theory, preparing for a hospital survey shouldn’t be difficult. If hospitals implement the right protocols and are careful about following procedures, they’ll pass with flying colors, right? If only it were that easy. The reality is much more complex. Hospitals are housed in facilities that are sometimes outdated and sometimes break. Hospitals also are run by humans, and under stress, sometimes these humans forget to follow procedures.
Posted on February 16, 2021
Resilience has become a buzzword among healthcare leaders over recent years, and it’s easy to see why. With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, showing resilience in the face of upheaval has taken on new significance.
Posted on February 09, 2021
Andre Storey doesn’t believe in dream jobs. Instead, he believes in being exceptional in the job he’s in. And it’s that mentality, he says, that has been central to his success as a young healthcare executive. “I live by the expression, ‘Bloom where you’re planted.’ In my experience, there’s always opportunity right where you are.”
Posted on February 04, 2021
In 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services established a new benefit for Medicare beneficiaries—the Annual Wellness Visit. But despite its decade of existence, this valuable healthcare tool remains underappreciated and underutilized
Posted on January 27, 2021
Swing beds represent both a source of revenue for rural hospitals and a much-needed service for the communities they’re in. They’re a win-win, you might say. And yet, this program that allows hospitals that meet certain qualifications to “swing” their beds between acute and long-term care continues to be underutilized.
Posted on January 21, 2021
The recent expansion of access to telehealth services for Medicare and Medicaid patients has shown the unique value of these services. Remote patient monitoring (RPM), in particular, continues to realize its potential for the future of patient care.
Posted on January 04, 2021
It seems healthcare organizations in rural communities just can’t catch a break. Even before the pandemic, rural hospitals were struggling, and the arrival of COVID-19 has exacerbated the situation in more ways than one. Lost revenue from the cancellation of many nonemergency surgeries notwithstanding, the pandemic is pitting communities against the very healthcare workers who are there to care for them.
Posted on January 13, 2021
On the surface, it may have looked like the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services were delivering mixed messages to medical practices and other outpatient providers when it simultaneously changed coding and documentation requirements for evaluation and management (E/M) services while decreasing the reimbursement rate for most care coordination modalities