Morning Rounds (03.15.13)

More than half of U.S. hospitals plan to buy physician practices this year.

Workforce shortages in healthcare information technology labor force may be greater than federal government estimates and may be slowing meaningful-use efforts.

Texas is the largest state that declined to expand Medicaid, a decision that could cost employers $448 million in fines. Full Story

Workforce Shortages Hampering HIT Incentives Efforts

Workforce shortages in healthcare information technology (HIT) labor force may be greater than federal government estimates and may be slowing meaningful-use efforts, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report. The government has estimated there will be a HIT labor shortage of 50,000 over the next five years. “There is evidence to suggest the reality may be even greater” than that shortage estimate, the report said. According to the survey of chief information officers and human resources professionals, 3 out of 4 companies said they were hiring IT professionals, 2 out of 3 said they had IT staffing shortages, and more than half… Full Story

Morning Rounds (03.05.13)

Fee-for-service payments to physicians should be eliminated by the 2020.

Healthcare workers who are harmed physically or mentally on the job are much more likely to commit medical errors because of burnout or frustration.

The FDA is investigating whether the rise in surgical robot incident reports are due to problems with the machines themselves or other issues.

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Report Urges Protection for Healthcare Workforce, Patients

Healthcare workers who are harmed physically or mentally on the job are much more likely to commit medical errors because of burnout or frustration, according to a report by Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation. The institute urged specific strategies on healthcare workplace safety, including steps to protect the workforce and patients, and greater transparency and teamwork.

Morning Rounds (02.27.13)

Tenet Healthcare Corp. has reported Adjusted EBITDA of $336 million for the Q4 2012, up $48 million from the fourth quarter of 2011.

Parkland Health & Hospital System Board of Managers has re-elected its board chair.

The percentage of adults with employer-sponsored insurance stabilized in 2012 after three years of decline, according to a Gallup survey.

The number of Americans remotely monitored at home is expected to grow six-fold by 2017 according to InMedica, a division of IMS Research.

 

 

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Branson Re-Elected as Chair of Parkland Board of Managers

Parkland Health & Hospital System Board of Managers has elected Debbie Branson to continue her service as board chair, a position she has held since March 2012. Patricia Rodriguez Gorman to will be vice-chair and Winfred Parnell, M.D. will serve as secretary. “We’ve made a great deal of progress together in the last several months but we still have more to do,” Branson said in a statement. “My priorities, of course, are a successful resurvey by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the selection of a new CEO, and the completion of the new Parkland.”  

Morning Rounds (02.22.03)

Parkland Ex-CMO has been hired by the Chicago public health system.

Only about 1 out of 8 of about 509,000 eligible physicians said they met requirements for meaningful use incentives for electronic health records.

The American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation added 90 tests and procedures to its Choosing Wisely campaign that identifies tests and procedures it considers unnecessary or harmful. Full Story

Morning Rounds (02.15.13)

The healthcare sector continues to add jobs, despite the continued slow growth in overall healthcare spending.

Workplace health management programs report greater success when spouses are included.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a technology that will give limited vision to people who are blind with an “artificial retina.” Full Story

Healthcare Continues to Fuel U.S. Job Growth

The healthcare sector continues to add jobs, despite the continued slow growth in overall healthcare spending, according to Altarum Institute. The healthcare research and consulting firm said ambulatory-care employment increased by 28,000 jobs in January, higher than the average of the last 24 months. Physician offices accounted for 9,000 of those jobs while hospitals added 4,000. In the last year, private sector health employment grew by more than 50 percent faster than non-healthcare jobs. Since the recession began in December 2007, healthcare employment has risen 10.5 percent, compared with a 3.7 percent decrease in nonhealth employment.

Morning Rounds (02.05.13)

The Texas Medical Association Board of Trustees has formally adopted a resolution to develop a bipartisan solution to reform and to expand the state’s Medicaid program.

More than 2 out of 3 health insurance executives said their organizations plan to participate in or support ACOs or pay-for-performance programs in the next three years.

Accountable Healthcare Holdings Corp. has opened a nursing staffing company in North Texas. Full Story