Social Determinants of Health

Norton Healthcare and other health systems are making big moves to reduce health inequity

When Louisville police officers killed Breonna Taylor, a young Black woman not suspected of any crime, in her home in March 2020, the president and CEO of Norton Healthcare took it personally.  “As an employer of 18,000 people and a very prominent organization in our community, we needed to be the ones to step up…

Lola Butcher January 30, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: How to prevent pediatric mental health revisits

A new study provides a better understanding of the trends and factors associated with an increase in pediatric mental health ED revisits. Black and brown skin tones are underrepresented in medical training and textbooks, which can lead to missed diagnoses and inequities in care. Dermatologists are doing what they can to address the issue. A…

Deborah Filipek January 13, 2023

How “Dr. Mom” became the family CMO

Dr. Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew of Allegheny Health Network and Highmark Health discusses how better care of women leads to a healthier society.

Erika Grotto January 3, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: More than 3,500 deaths in the US attributed to long COVID during a 30-month period

For a 30-month period beginning in January 2020, long COVID played a part in the deaths of 3,544 people, according to a report by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. The Department of Justice has support from hospital advocates as it looks to appeal a court ruling that allowed UnitedHealth Group to acquire Change…

Deborah Filipek December 23, 2022

10 Steps Toward Health Equity

The push to achieve equity in health and healthcare is daunting. It’s a multifaceted societal quest in which the goal is to fix disparities that have been entrenched throughout U.S. history. HFMA’s 2022 Thought Leadership Retreat brought together stakeholders from across healthcare Sept. 15-16 in Washington, D.C., to advance the dialogue in this effort. Although…

Nick Hut November 16, 2022

Aaron Crane: Poker lessons for healthcare finance

HFMA Chair Aaron Crane believes the game of poker provides valuable lessons for healthcare finance professionals navigating the current industry environment.

Aaron R. Crane, FHFMA, MHA October 25, 2022

Healthcare News of Note: The Walmart Healthcare Research Institute could bring more diversity to medical research

Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: Walmart launches a new healthcare research institute, people with more chronic disease are more likely to suffer adverse financial outcomes, and one-third of Black Californians say they have experienced racism by a healthcare provider.

Deborah Filipek October 17, 2022

Healthcare News of Note: Even many people with ‘good’ health insurance incur medical debt

Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: 20% of U.S. households have medical debt, regulatory issues are delaying completion of a proposed not-for-profit health system mega-merger, and racial and ethnic disparities are seen in drug overdose deaths.

Deborah Filipek October 7, 2022

Lisa Goldstein: Environmental, social and governance issues gain prominence

Environmental, social and governance issues have long been concerns of hospitals and health systems, but they may require a more formal strategy as these issues gain prominence among investors, accreditation groups and other stakeholders.

Lisa Goldstein October 3, 2022

Healthcare News of Note: Healthcare workers are more emotionally exhausted as pandemic continues

Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: Most healthcare workers report higher levels of emotional exhaustion since 2019, new-patient wait times for certain specialties average 26 days, and large health disparities are seen among those with employer-sponsored healthcare coverage.

Deborah Filipek October 3, 2022
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