- Mississippi: Since launching in 2007, a state program aimed at alleviating the state's physician shortage by incenting medical students to remain in-state has seen 11 doctors graduate and expects another 25 physicians to start work this summer. Under the program, medical students can receive up to four years of scholarships if they commit to working in rural, underserved areas post-graduation. The program provides up to $30,000 of scholarship assistance per recipient annually (Inman, Fox News Health, 4/24).
- North Carolina/Vermont: A team of researchers at Duke University, the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, University of Vermont, and the University of Nicaragua-León have received $3.2 million from CDC to develop a new Zika virus test. The new test will try to measure antibody levels rather than virus components, the Triangle Business Journal reports. According to the Business Journal, there is currently no vaccine or medicine designed to treat Zika (Henderson, Triangle Business Journal, 4/24).
- Pennsylvania: Under a new state law which took effect Thursday, hospitals must record the names of caregivers, contact them, and provide them the same discharge information provided to patients before they leave the hospital. Local providers, such as UPMC, and advocacy groups such as AARP have expressed support for the law. According to AARP, the law will help recognize the important role that family and other caregivers play in ensuring a smooth transition out of the hospital (Rotstein, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 4/25).
12 things CEOs need to know in 2017
The continued growth of the consumer-driven health care market threatens the durability of patient-provider relationships—and, at the same time, the push toward population health management and risk-based payment is greater than ever.
Hospitals and health systems must adopt a two-pronged strategy to respond to these pressures and serve both public payers and the private sector.
At the core of that strategy? A formula of accessible, reliable, and affordable care that wins consumer preferences and drives loyalty over time. Below, we share 12 key insights for senior executives working to create a consumer-focused health system.