Healthcare News of Note: Nearly half of Americans live in areas with inadequate access to mental health workers

Although nearly 50% of Americans live in a mental health workforce shortage area, there are steps that can increase the workforce and prevent burnout among these professionals. The two health insurance coverage trends responsible for driving an increase in medical debt are inadequate healthcare coverage and high-deductible health plans. Forty-four healthcare businesses are among 200…

Deborah Filipek June 23, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: Economic burden of racial and ethnic health disparities in the U.S. grew by 41% in 4-year span

For individuals with less than a college degree in 2018, the total burden of education-related health disparities reached $978 billion, about two times greater than the annual growth rate of the U.S. economy. New research shows that using new technology and delegating specific tasks to other staff could help healthcare organizations address the nursing shortage.…

Deborah Filipek June 16, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: The top 5 reasons U.S. adults say the nation’s healthcare system fails to meet their needs

Nearly three-quarters of adults say the U.S. healthcare system is not meeting their needs in some way, with the length of time to get an appointment the No. 1 reason. The top benefit of using remote patient monitoring during cancer care is to keep the care team up to date on symptoms in between appointments,…

Deborah Filipek June 2, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: 5% of U.S. adults are forgoing healthcare due to transportation barriers

This blog share synopses of three stories for healthcare finance professionals, including Adults with transportation issues forgo needed healthcare and pediatric hospital admissions involving ICU care are increasing.

Deborah Filipek May 15, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: Healthcare private equity deals amounted to a strong $90B in 2022

In 2022, healthcare private equity deals reached nearly $90 billion, the second highest on record. Concerns about increased workloads, staffing shortages and burnout have been felt most acutely by less experienced nurses, according to a newly published study. Patients seeking care in safety-net clinics are accruing chronic diseases at high rates in middle age, indicating…

Deborah Filipek April 28, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: What can be done to correct data disparities in women’s health?

The prevalence of women’s health conditions is roughly five times that of their documented diagnoses, which means for every woman diagnosed with a women’s health condition, roughly four go undiagnosed. The 2023 emergency medicine Match will see 555 initially unmatched positions, affecting a larger number of residency programs than in 2022, when 219 unmatched positions…

Deborah Filipek April 17, 2023

Healthcare Blame Game: How news outlets mishandled a medical debt study

Brad Dennison is a 25-year veteran of the newspaper industry. He served 15 years as the top news executive for multiple national organizations and led thousands of journalists across the U.S., including investigative teams. He’s also a past board member of the Associated Press Media Editors, where he was elected national chair. Dennison joined HFMA…

Brad Dennison April 3, 2023 misinterprets CMS rules in low estimate of hospital price transparency compliance

In February, (PRA) published its Fourth Semi-Annual Hospital Price Transparency Report, which states that only 24.5% of hospitals are compliant with federal price transparency regulations. This is a vast contradiction of CMS’s own compliance findings, which show 70% overall compliance during the same timeframe, as published in a Health Affairs blog on Feb. 14.…

Shawn Stack March 28, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: Medicare to negotiate reduced prices for 40 drugs by 2028, says study

Medicare drug price negotiation has the potential to benefit Medicare beneficiaries across some of the most common disease states.

Deborah Filipek March 23, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: Most board members of the nation’s top hospitals work in finance or business

Less than 15% of board members at a sampling of the nation’s top hospitals are health professionals, while 56% work in finance or business. Since 2014, the number of medically disenfranchised people in the U.S. nearly doubled from 56 million to over 100 million, causing stress for providers and lower rates of immunization and rising…

Deborah Filipek March 17, 2023
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