The ongoing debate over the future shape of American health care has turned the spotlight on an innovative model that is at work right now, and that holds out promise for a major goal of all health care reform: to control costs.
133 billion gallons: that’s the amount of water used by large U.S. hospitals in 2007, the last year for which such a figure is available. That‘s about 145,000 gallons per bed, equal to the annual consumption of a four-person household. To underline the obvious, hospitals are a water-intensive business.
For the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon, colleagues at 21st Century Fox businesses in the UK came together to raise more than £100,000 for Cancer Research UK, one of the world's leading cancer research charities.
In the weeks leading up to the April 25 race, the team hosted fundraising initiatives such as quiz nights, bake sales, and even an Easter egg hunt to encourage donations to the cause. Cancer Research UK was the official charity of this year's London marathon, and the race overall raised £2.5 million for the organization.
In this video, John Hanlin, Ph.D., Ecolab vice president of Food Safety and Public Health, explains the importance of monitoring and prevention ofClostridium difficile, commonly referred to asC. difficileorC.
In this new era of healthcare under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals are working hard to improve outcomes, both for patients and for their bottom lines. There are two main drivers for change. One is negative: financial penalties, such as the one percent cut in Medicare payments under the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Hospital-Acquired Reduction Program, which penalizes poor performing hospitals. This year, 724 hospitals will be penalized for failing to meet new standards. The other driver is positive: the opportunity for increased profitability.
The ever-changing revenue picture for hospitals just got some numbers to fill in at the bottom line: $4.2 billion. That’s how much the Department of Health and Human Services projects that hospitals in 26 states that have raised Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act will save because of the lower costs of uncompensated care. Hospitals in states that refused the Medicaid expansion under the ACA will also save, but not nearly as much, a projected $1.5 billion. Total savings: $5.7 billion.
Washington, DC, September 3, 2014 /3BL Media/– When researchers searched the literature to determine adherence rates for various infection prevention protocols in the emergency department (ED), they discovered both a dearth of studies reporting ED practices and a lack of standardization that rendered some studies incomparable, according to a literature review published in the September issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Ep
Many of the largest, publicly traded health companies have directly tied top executive pay to quality-of-care measures. Until recently, financials alone determined incentives for most for-profit hospital CEOs. But as insurers and employers demand more transparency and more accountability for quality of care, hospitals are increasingly competing on patient outcomes and safety. Quality pay incentives for CEOs are a very visible way for systems to publicly demonstrate their commitment.