Health care organizations are sometimes resistant to change and yet in search of change all at the same time. Across the country, large health systems, academic medical centers and community hospitals continue to seek out ways to maximize operations, improve financial performance and deliver high quality patient care.
Take a deep breath, roll your eyes, say a cheer or shed a little tear – depending on your views – but no matter what your thoughts are, the president’s budget request you are hearing so much about right now is NOT LAW.
The introduction of high deductible health plans (HDHPs) was predicated on the assumption that price transparency would compel patients to shop for health care services much like they do for major appliances or automobiles.
An influx of expensive new biologic and specialty medications and rapid changes in reimbursement have many health systems re-examining their outpatient medication inventory strategies. The goals: to balance or avoid risk while continuing to provide patients access to the most appropriate medication therapies.
In addition to caring for critically ill patients, caregivers and support staff are battling changes to workload, shortages in necessary PPE and concern for the safety of their own families; all leaving them vulnerable to extreme stress.
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