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The 8 top health systems for innovation, according to 300+ health care leaders

February 18, 2019

In a recent survey of 341 hospital and health system leaders by Reaction Data, the Mayo Clinic was named the best "model for innovation," while Kaiser Permanente was named the best at "delivering high quality sustainable costs."

Spending in employer-sponsored plans reached an all-time high in 2017. Here's how employers are fighting back.

February 15, 2019

Spending in employer-sponsored health plans reached a record high in 2017, and the major cause was higher prices—not higher utilization, according to the Health Care Cost Institute's annual Health Care Cost and Utilization Report released Tuesday.

Big hospital mergers lead to better patient care, right? Maybe not.

February 15, 2019

While many health care stakeholders argue that big, merged health systems "can offer better care at lower costs," research suggests that rates of mortality and serious complications might rise after a merger, according to Austin Frakt, a professor and director of the Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource Center at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System.

Should small hospitals team up with a 'big name' like Mayo or Cleveland Clinic?

February 14, 2019

Small community hospitals increasingly are joining forces with larger health systems to give patients access to more specialized care, but experts say it is important to fully evaluate these agreements—as a big name does not automatically mean better quality.

The 250 'Best Hospitals,' according to Healthgrades

February 13, 2019

Healthgrades on Tuesday released its 2019 list of "America's 250 Best Hospitals," which recognizes the 250 top hospitals in the country.

This hospital is hiring nurses 3 times faster. (It got the idea from Chick-fil-A.)

February 13, 2019

Over three years, Baystate Medical Center has reduced time-to-fill rates for certain nursing positions to just two hours by drawing some inspiration from fast food chain Chick-fil-A.

HHS wants to bolster patients' access to their electronic health data. Here's how.

February 12, 2019

HHS on Monday proposed two new rules that aim to give patients greater access to their electronic health information—and call out health care providers who impede health data sharing.

Can a surgeon be 'too old to operate'? Here's how top hospitals are making the call.

February 12, 2019

The medical workforce is aging, but to date, there is no clear guidance surrounding when a physician is too old to practice—leaving the often uncomfortable task to hospitals and the physicians themselves to self-evaluate.

SCOTUS temporarily blocks Louisiana abortion requirements

February 8, 2019

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 5-4 to temporarily block a Louisiana law that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and set certain building and equipment standards for facilities where abortions are performed.

In the states: California exchange officials call for a reinsurance program, Kentucky delays Medicaid work requirements, and more

February 8, 2019

American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

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