The health system is training staff and requiring mandatory human trafficking screening at three of its hospitals in Arizona, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arizona, Massachusetts, and South Carolina.
In an effort to curb uncompensated care, hospitals throughout the United States are experimenting with pre-payment policies that require patients to pay for scheduled care before it is provided, Jilian Mincer reports for Reuters.
New patients enrolled in Medicaid and private health plans generally are able to get timely appointments for primary care, despite an increase in the number of U.S. residents who have coverage because of the Affordable Care Act, according to a research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine, Michelle Andrews reports for Kaiser Health News.
Research shows that poor medication adherence leads to preventable deaths and costs the U.S. health care system billions of dollars annually—but there are ways to address the issue. Advisory Board's Lindsay Conway breaks down five root causes of non-adherence and best practices to address them.
Some hospitals are launching hospitalist programs that innovatively incorporate nurse practitioners to cut costs—but successfully integrating NPs into the hospitalist role means getting physicians on board and navigating regulatory hurdles, Lola Butcher reports for Hospitals & Health Networks.
A self-funded team lead by a Philadelphia-area ED physician has won the international X Prize tricorder consumer medical competition, which was inspired by the famed "Star Trek" gadget that instantly diagnosed a range of medical conditions.
Stroke rates among men and women ages 35 to 44 appear to have risen steadily between 1995 and 2012, according to a study published last week in JAMA Neurology—but an accompanying editorial questions whether the rate increases reflect a "true epidemiologic trend."