New Study Examines Patient Differences in Hospital Outpatient Clinics Versus Independent Physician Offices

A new study conducted for the AHA by KNG Health Consulting LLC found that Medicare patients who receive care in a hospital outpatient department are more likely to be poorer and have more severe chronic conditions than Medicare patients treated in an independent physician office. The study also specifically examined the characteristics of Medicare cancer patients seen in HOPDs and IPOs and found similar results. The study, which was unveiled Sept. 25 at a Capitol Hill briefing, highlights why proposals under consideration by Congress and the administration to reimburse hospitals the same amount as physician offices could threaten access to care for the most vulnerable patients and communities. Read more.

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Nearly two-thirds of health care leaders believe that by 2023 their organization will have made facility improvements to enhance patient/staff safety.

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Seven in 10 hospitals and health systems will increase collaboration with other providers and payers on population health over the next five years.

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48% of health care organizations will have standardized collection of social determinants of health data by 2023.

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Lead. Connect. Transform.

To further advance health in America, the American Hospital Association has launched the AHA Center for Health Innovation to guide hospitals and health systems in these transformative times. The Center will better equip AHA members to disrupt health care, proactively manage change, make more data-driven decisions, and improve patient care and health in the communities they serve. It will provide forward-looking market intelligence, novel partnerships within and outside of the health care field, unique leadership development opportunities, and enhanced capabilities to spread leading practices at-scale.

Center for Health Innovation logo

Lead. Connect. Transform.

To further advance health in America, the American Hospital Association has launched the AHA Center for Health Innovation to guide hospitals and health systems in these transformative times. The Center will better equip AHA members to disrupt health care, proactively manage change, make more data-driven decisions, and improve patient care and health in the communities they serve. It will provide forward-looking market intelligence, novel partnerships within and outside of the health care field, unique leadership development opportunities, and enhanced capabilities to spread leading practices at-scale.

Center for Health Innovation logo

Lead. Connect. Transform.

To further advance health in America, the American Hospital Association has launched the AHA Center for Health Innovation to guide hospitals and health systems in these transformative times. The Center will better equip AHA members to disrupt health care, proactively manage change, make more data-driven decisions, and improve patient care and health in the communities they serve. It will provide forward-looking market intelligence, novel partnerships within and outside of the health care field, unique leadership development opportunities, and enhanced capabilities to spread leading practices at-scale.