Healthcare Headlines - May 2016

By Kindred Healthcare

HCH Monthly

Nursing Homes Starting to Offer More Individualized Menus

On a recent Thursday, the staff at Sunny Vista Living Center in Colorado Springs bustled in the kitchen. 

AHRQ Reports Continued Gains in Health Care Quality

Health care quality is improving overall, especially in hospitals, and more people have health care coverage and a usual source of medical care since the Affordable Care Act took effect, according to a new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Read more.  

Medical School Enrollment Up 25% Since 2002

First-year enrollment at U.S. medical schools has increased by 25%, or 4,143 students, since 2002, according to the latest annual survey by the Association of American Medical Colleges. Read more

Obama's New Challenge: A Medical Bill You Can Understand

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell Monday announced a contest to find "a bill you can understand" in an effort to improve the consumer's experience with the complicated and often frustrating financial aspects of the nation's healthcare system. Read more.      

American Well Will Allow Tele-medicine Patients to Pick Their Doctor

When patients use a tele-medicine service offered through their health insurer or employer, they can get modest routine care at any time, without having to go to a doctor's office or urgent care center. Read more.  

Number of Uninsured in U.S. Dropped Below 10% For First Time In 2015

About 9.1% of people in the U.S., or around 28.6 million, were uninsured in 2015 according to federal statistics released Tuesday. Read more.  

Doctors' House Calls Saving Money for Medicare

Looking for ways to save money and improve care, Medicare officials are returning to an old-fashioned idea: house calls. Read more.  

Home Health Market to Grow 8.9% Worldwide By 2020

The global home health market will expand rapidly in the next four years, according to newly released research that puts the industry's compound annual growth rate (CAGR) even higher than previous estimates. Read more.

As Time Runs Out, the Obama Administration Races to Reshape Health Care

As the clock ticks toward Jan. 20, 2017, the Obama administration is racing to burnish its health care legacy, introducing major new initiatives that will take full effect just weeks before the president leaves office. Read more.    

 

*Opinions expressed in any of the included stories or their publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Kindred Healthcare. This blog post is a compilation of news stories from other sources that have appeared during the past month.

By Kindred Healthcare