health change bulletin
Health Change Bulletin                                                                      December 21, 2017
  
The Efficient Billing Imperative
  Sponsor Message
Quote 
  "We are encouraged by the growing number of women enrolling in U.S. medical schools. This yearís matriculating class demonstrates that medicine is an increasingly attractive career for women and that medical schools are creating an inclusive environment." 

 
-Dr. Darrell Kirch, President & CEO, AAMC
 
Factoid
 
  A recent JAMA study looked at 479,893 Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for heart attacks from 1999 to 2014. They found 180-day mortality rates for patients declined from 26.9% in 1999 to 21.5% in 2014. At the same time, spending per patient up to 180 days after a heart attack rose by nearly 14% from 1999 to 2014. The study also noted there is wide variation in Medicare spending among hospitals for heart attack patients. The spend growth rate for about 61 hospitals, or 5% of total hospitals, rose by 44.1% while another 5% of hospitals decreased spending by 18.7%.

Source: Modern Healthcare
 
   
News 
  Women medical school enrollments surpass men for first time
HealthcareIT News, December 21, 2017

Healthcare is Many Americans' Top Concern
Newsmax, December 21, 2017

Challenges Entrepreneurs Can Expect In Healthcare Next Year
Forbes, December 20, 2017

Senate GOP pushes off ObamaCare bills until January
The Hill, December 20, 2017
 
New HIPAA guidance on data sharing for mental health & substance abuse
FierceHealthcare, December 19, 2017

Amazon Hasnít Figured Out Drugstores Yet. But It Will Have To
Bloomberg, December 18, 2017
 
CMS cuts off funding stream for healthcare transformation experiments
Modern Healthcare, December 18, 2017
 
How Kindred Healthcare Fits Humana's Population Health Strategy
Forbes, December 18, 2017

Single payer in the US? Experts say it's a matter of attitudes
Healthcare Finance News, December 18, 2017
 
A Hospital Giant Discovers That Collecting Debt Pays Better Than Curing Ills
Bloomberg, December 18, 2017
 
 
 
Blogs
  The Tax Bill & The Individual Mandate: What Happened & What Does It Mean?
Health Affairs, December 20, 2017

Building a Resilience Advantage in Healthcare
strategy+business, December 15, 2017
 
 
    
HealthshareTV video
 

 
Health Care Disparities and Vulnerable Patients   Health Care Disparities and Vulnerable Patients

Medical research over the last two decades has clearly documented that people of lower socioeconomic status and from minority racial and ethnic backgrounds have worse health, worse access to medical care and often receive a lower standard of health care. Dr. Dean Schillinger and Dr. Alicia Fernandez explore the challenges and successes of caring for vulnerable populations.
 

 
Check out HealthshareTV, the home for health care videos    
 
Healthsprocket List 
 
  Doximity: 5 Cities Leading in Physician Compensation Growth in 2017
 
1. San Francisco - 16%
2. Indianapolis - 14%
3. Continue reading here

Source: Healthcare Finance News
 
      
 
  Follow Health Policy Publishing:   Readmissions News LinkedIn Group    mcol on twitter  
 
 
 
Health Change Bulletin, a publication of Health Policy Publishing LLC
1101 Standiford Avenue, Suite C-3, Modesto, CA 95350
© 2017, Health Policy Publishing LLC