Healthcare Headlines Blog

Healthcare Headlines: September 2019

By Kindred Healthcare

AHA Proposes Additional CMS Actions To Reduce Regulatory Burden

The AHA has proposed additional actions that CMS could take immediately "to reduce the regulatory burden on hospitals, health systems and the patients that we serve." The proposed actions range from suspending the hospital star ratings and eliminating the “96-hour rule” to modifying Medicare conditions of participation to allow hospitals to recommend post-acute care providers. Read more

Older Adults Want Telehealth, And MA Is Poised To Expand Its Use

New study shows that an estimated 25 million people older than 65 are willing to use telehealth. According to the study, there are 3 primary reasons why seniors prefer telehealth over traditional office visits. However, the study also found that some senior citizens still prefer in-person care over telehealth. Read more

NAM Collaborative Releases Case Studies On Reducing Clinician Burnout

Newly released case studies recommend initiatives that reduce clinician burnout and support clinician well-being at organizations across the country. AHA is an inaugural sponsoring member of the collaborative, and will continue to launch case studies and resources as they are developed. Read more

States Chart A Policy Path To Improve Palliative Care Services Across The Care Continuum

Fewer than 5% of individuals who could benefit from palliative care receive it. Increasingly, states are interested in palliative care and the value it brings to systems for the seriously ill. Despite the alignment of palliative care with health policy goals, challenges of integrating palliative care across the healthcare continuum continue. Read more

50% Of Hospitals Plan To Invest In Non-Clinical AI By 2021, Survey Finds

New report shows at least half of hospital leads plan on investing in data management technologies within the next two years. While many are unsure of the technology and implementation plans are varied, the findings indicate the use of non-clinical artificial intelligence and robotic process automation could be used to increase efficiency in supply chain, revenue cycle, finance, and human resources. Read more

3-Part Care Pathway Addresses Delirium During Hospitalization

In-hospital delirium has been associated with several negative patient outcomes, including increased risk of death, increased risk of a prolonged or permanent cognitive impairment, increased readmissions, and increased risk of developing dementia after hospitalization. The Hartford Hospital’s Actions for Delirium Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment (ADAPT) program has seen success in many of these areas by focusing on screening, prevention, treatment and management. Read more

Hospitals Can Expect To Spend 4.57% More On Drugs In 2020

In a forecast of anticipated drug pricing, hospitals and health systems can expect a 4.57% increase in pharmaceutical spending next year. The projection reviewed patterns of pediatric facilities, community hospitals, non-acute settings, and academic medical centers, for inpatient and outpatient settings. Read more

By Kindred Healthcare