Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Risks are High in Low-Volume Hospitals

According to a story by Steve Sternberg and Geoff Dougherty posted to US News and World Report on 5.18.15:

These large numbers of low-volume hospitals, the analysis found, continue to put patients at higher risk even after three decades of published research have demonstrated that patients are more likely to die or suffer complications when treated by doctors who only occasionally see similar patients rather than by experienced teams at hospitals with more patients and established protocols.

Patients at thousands of hospitals face greater risks from common operations, simply because the surgical teams don't get enough practice. One of the benefits of consolidation in the healthcare industry may be in the area of patient safety.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Almost half of Obamacare exchanges face financial struggles in the future

According to Lena H. Sun and Niraj Chokshi in a recent Washington Post article:

Nearly half of the 17 insurance marketplaces set up by the states and the District under President Obama's health law are struggling financially, presenting state officials with an unexpected and serious challenge five years after the passage of the landmark Affordable Care Act.

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