After suffering a debilitating stroke, Kristina Cunningham was transported from Wichita, Kansas, to Boston on an air ambulance, and though both her doctors and insurer deemed the transport medically necessary, she later received a potentially record-setting $474,725 bill, Martha Bebinger reports for WBUR.
The health system said the name change is part of an effort to rebrand as "a more consumer-centric, connected, and identifiable national system of care," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, Illinois, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
You might want to add diet and exercise to your New Year's resolution, as a study published last week in JAMA Oncology found more than 7% of cancer cases among U.S. adults were associated with excess body weight.
Pedialyte started as an over-the-counter drink aimed at rehydrating children, but the brand recently set its sights on adult sales—a successful marketing shift targeting hangovers that sheds light on the overlap between a consumer culture of "social media 'influencers'" and medicine, Kaitlyn Tiffany writes for Vox.
While the reduction in Medicare readmissions under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) initially may have seemed promising, "a deeper look at [HRRP] reveals a few troubling trends," a group of cardiologists and health policy researchers write in a New York Times opinion piece. Advisory Board's Eric Fontana respond that the answer may not be so clear—but that the analysis raises an important question.
The House on Thursday passed a Democrat-sponsored spending measure that would end a partial federal shutdown that affects some health agencies, but President Trump said he would veto the bill, leading Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to decline to consider the bill in the Senate.
Every week, more than 400 hospital and health system leaders submit their questions to our Expert Center. Here's what we recently told executives about how to identify physician burnout and engage employees in the New Year (regardless of pay or bonuses).