Tag Archives: Hospitals

Hospitals charge privately insured patients 250% more than those on Medicare. The gap is growing.

Dive Brief: Privately insured patients pay 247% more at hospitals on average than Medicare patients for the same care, according to a new study by nonprofit think tank RAND. The study, based on 2018 data, shows the gap is increasing from 2017 and 2016, which saw disparities of 230% and 224%, respectively. If private payers had… Read More »

A bad UK winter could cause 120,000 covid-19 deaths in hospitals

By Jessica Hamzelou Ambulance crews treat a patient with possible COVID-19 symptoms. As the list of recognised Covid-19 symptoms grows, paramedics are forced to treat every patient as being a potential casePhoto by Leon Neal/POOL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock A particularly “challenging winter” could bring a second wave of coronavirus infections that leads to around 120,000 deaths in UK… Read More »

Coronavirus on track to overwhelm Houston hospitals in two weeks, mayor says

Healthcare workers move a patient in the Covid-19 Unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas Thursday, July 2, 2020. MARK FELIX Hospitals in Houston, Texas are on track to be overwhelmed in approximately two weeks as coronavirus cases mount, Mayor Sylvester Turner said on Sunday. “The number of people who are getting sick… Read More »

Sluggish patient volume could jeopardize hospitals repaying advanced Medicare funds, report suggests

Dive Brief: Though hospital volumes are expected to remain below pre-pandemic levels for quite some time, rebounding outpatient visits seem to be outpacing those for inpatient care or emergency department visits, according to a Transunion Healthcare survey of more than 500 hospitals. During the week of May 10-16, outpatient visits were down 31% and emergency… Read More »

Hospitals facing big hurdles to public health data reporting

Hospitals may encounter administrative or logistical hurdles when reporting data to public health agencies – which, in turn, can hinder essential information tracking in times of infectious disease outbreaks.  In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Harvard Business School researchers used data from the 2018 American Hospital Association Annual Survey… Read More »