Archive July 2010

Munroe sees future in The Villages [Ocala Star-Banner, Fla.]

Jul31

July 31Munroe Regional Medical Center has served Marion County residents for decades.But like other medical providers, the community hospital is moving south toward the fertile business opportunity that is The Villages, one of the largest active retirement communities in Florida.In November, Munroe will open an orthopedics office in the area.The slow creep down U.S. 441 […]

Most Alle-Kiski Valley residents have health insurance [The Valley News-Dispatch, Tarentum, Pa.]

Jul31

July 31Census figures released this week show that Pennsylvania has one of the lowest rates of uninsured in the country.Taken from 2007, they also reveal the Alle-Kiski Valley’s four counties have relatively low rates.But there are limitations to the data, which show health insurance coverage by state and for the nation’s 3,140 counties. The data […]

Medical clinic debuts at city’s Walmart store [Morning Sentinel, Waterville, Maine]

Jul31

July 31WATERVILLE Starting today, you can add basic health care to the roster of what’s inside the city’s Walmart Supercenter, off Waterville Commons Drive.The Clinic at Walmart, provided by Inland Hospital in Waterville, offers check-ups, immunizations, and screenings for minor illnesses and is open seven days a week. It’s tucked into a 550-square-foot space at […]

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAW: Mother’s death puts lawsuit limits on line: Challenge of law worries doctors, hospitals [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

Jul31

Aug. 01Dr. Ivan Goldsmith walks through his offices off Tropicana Avenue and Rainbow Boulevard and talks about the future.He is, at turns, upbeat and downcast.He is upbeat because he’ll soon be moving his practice closer to the Strip, where he believes his weight-control concepts will attract more out-of-town patients.He is downcast because he believes a […]

Rural hospitals fight for patients: Cardiac, orthopedic, cancer centers pop up [The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio]

Jul31

Aug. 01Hospitals in Columbus and other big cities have competed for years for patients by building specialized heart, cancer and orthopedic centers.Now, rural hospitals are expanding to provide these lucrative services and say they provide care similar to their big-city counterparts’.Adena Health System of Chillicothe announced last week the construction of a $21 million, 32,000-square-foot, […]

Are nonprofit hospitals truly not for profit?: Tax breaks rankle some critics, who ask: “What are you giving the community?” [The Orlando Sentinel, Fla.]

Jul31

Aug. 01When Florida Hospital and United Healthcare started their public wrangling over a new contract this summer, each side pointed to the other company’s profits.Both companies are health-care behemoths. Minnesota-based United Healthcare is the largest health insurer in the United States, with profits of $3.8 billion in 2009. Adventist Health System, which operates Florida Hospital […]

UPMC testing ‘smart rooms’ to streamline care [The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]

Jul31

Aug. 01Like most hospital rooms, this one has a bed with white sheets, a tray table and a nurse call button.But the new "smart room" under development at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center could well be the patient room of the future.Its focal point is a 32-inch flat screen monitor, which faces the bed. […]

[CMA]-CMs ensure low-income women get follow-up

Jul31

CMs ensure low-income women get follow-upStudy shows 35% reduction in diagnostic delaysLow-income women with abnormal mammogram results are more likely to receive appropriate diagnostic procedures in a shorter time frame when a case manager guides them through follow-up care, a study has shown.The proportion of women experiencing a diagnostic delay greater than 60 days decreased […]

[HCM]-Focus on publicly reported data enhances the case manager’s role

Jul31

Focus on publicly reported data enhances the case manager’s roleQuality metrics will affect reimbursement, patient choiceAs the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and commercial payers move to base reimbursement on quality and consumers become more savvy about their choices of health care providers, complete and accurate documentation will become even more important."Hospitals are being […]

Regional variations in kidney care raise questions about spending, says Stanford nephrologist

Jul31

STANFORD, Calif. – The type and intensity of treatment older Americans receive for kidney failure depends on the region where they receive care rather than on evidence-based practice guidelines and patient preferences, according to a study to be published in the July 14 Journal of the American Medical Association.There are pronounced regional differences in treatment […]