Pivotal Study Shows For-Profit Conversion Preserves Patient Access to Quality Care

A new empirical study released in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) sets the record straight on the issue of for-profit hospital conversion, dispelling myths about the impact of these critical efforts to maintain access to care in communities with struggling hospitals.  In the study “Association Between Hospital Conversions to For-Profit Status and Clinical and Economic Outcomes,” analysis of data from for-profit hospital conversions shows that these hospitals maintain access to care, improve quality metrics, increase nurse staffing ratios, and, the study concludes, improve financial performance. The study measured hospital performance by 3 factors: financial performance, quality of [...] Read More »

NYT Article Highlights Insurance Design Shifts

The New York Times published an article over the weekend about the growing out-of-pocket health care payments many patients are facing today.  Reporters Abby Goodnough and Robert Pear assess the changing landscape of health insurance benefit plans for private insurers and the health care exchange as it enters its second year of operation. The article features the story of Patricia Wanderlich, a patient who suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2011 and must regularly monitor a smaller aneurysm. Wanderlich, like many Americans, opted for an insurance plan with low co-payments and a high-deductible of $6,000.  Wanderlich says she chooses not to [...] Read More »

FAH President & CEO Assesses the State of Health IT in New Commentary

FAH President and CEO Charles N. Kahn III assesses the status of the HITECH Act and the state of electronic health record (EHR) implementation and health information exchange more than 5 years since the legislation’s passing in a comprehensive commentary published in this week’s Modern Healthcare magazine. The adoption and implementation of EHRs have been a major priority for the health care community since the passage of the HITECH Act, and President Obama’s 5-year computerization pledge in 2009.  While the HITECH Act, through the EHR Incentive Programs, has been extremely successful in driving uptake of EHRs, other national priorities addressed [...] Read More »