The nursery at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center—Fort Worth delivered 48 babies in 41 hours last month, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Missouri, Oregon, and Texas.
With the arrival of summer—sometimes called "trauma season"—EDs are seeing an uptick in injuries, but an ongoing drug shortage means providers are "scrambling to come up with alternatives to" their go-to treatments, Katie Thomas writes for the New York Times. Advisory Board's Rebecca Tyrrell recommends five ways that hospitals can respond.
When Jessica Pell sought care at an ED after fainting and hitting her head on a table, she declined care from an out-of-network physician because she couldn't "afford any surprise bills." She left with an ice pack and a bandage—then got a $5,751 bill, Sarah Kliff writes for Vox.
Marc Harrison, president and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare, in an interview with HealthLeaders Media says "the health system of the future needs to deliver care where, when, and how people want it and at the highest-possible quality and lowest-possible cost."
Headspace, a mobile app company that focuses on meditation, recently launched a subsidiary to create and test a prescription meditation app to submit for FDA approval to treat various health conditions.
The fact that 25% of Medicare spending occurs during the last year of beneficiaries' lives has led some to argue that Medicare spends too much on dying patients—but a new study in the journal Science finds that oft-quoted statistic is misleading at best. Advisory Board's Deirdre Saulet says the new findings underscore the need to talk with patients about end-of-life decisions.