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Feb 14, 2018
The hearing today by the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on the impact of health care consolidation presented a one-sided perspective on the benefits of hospital mergers. The group presenting was untethered from the realities of managing a high-quality hospital system responsive to the…
Feb 9, 2018
A pair of seemingly disconnected directives issued in January to Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys handling civil False Claims Act (FCA) cases could mark a significant shift in the type and number of cases that the department and whistleblowers prosecute against hospitals, health care providers…
Feb 9, 2018
A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine asserts that the 340B program drives hospital/physician consolidation while not expanding care to low-income populations or improving their mortality rates. In our first blog post earlier this week, we detailed a number of…
Feb 8, 2018
Axios’ recent article on hospital audits conducted by CMS’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is misleading and only tells one side of the story by leaving out key information that readers deserve to know. Most important, the article fails to mention that OIG’s hospital audits regularly include…
Feb 5, 2018
The 340B Drug Savings Program provides eligible providers, many of which are hospitals, with resources to maintain vital services in their communities and to provide additional services to their patients. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) alleges that the 340B…
Feb 1, 2018
Vulnerable patient populations, including the poor, uninsured and those with multiple chronic conditions, have complex health needs exacerbated by social determinants such as food insecurity, unstable housing and lack of transportation. In the United States, safety-net hospitals deliver care to…
Feb 1, 2018
Traditionally the month for lovers and all things heart related, February also reminds us to take care of our heart. It is American Heart Month.   The annual celebration began in 1963 to encourage Americans to join the battle against heart disease. A presidential proclamation pays tribute…
Jan 29, 2018
The 2017–18 flu season has been severe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that this season’s predominant strain is the influenza A(H3N2) virus, which has been associated with an unfortunate number of illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths.    As during all public…
Jan 29, 2018
Vulnerable patient populations, including the poor, uninsured and those with multiple chronic conditions, have complex health needs exacerbated by social determinants such as food insecurity, unstable housing and lack of transportation.
Jan 26, 2018
America’s hospitals and health systems are changing to meet the evolving needs of the patients and communities we serve. But hospital leaders cannot do this important work alone. It’s a team effort. And among our most important partners are the physicians who work in our hospitals. That’s why,…