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Safety-Net Hospitals Aren’t Sustainable — But They Can Be

It didn’t take long for the shock to set in when Chicago’s Westlake Hospital announced its impending closure. The hospital, which serves predominantly low-income communities in Melrose Park and Maywood, first signaled its intent to close in the spring; by fall, it had filed for bankruptcy, citing crushing financial circumstances. When news of the closure [...]

By |2020-11-19T14:44:00+00:00December 9th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Will Value-Based Care Require New Leadership Strategies?

Will value-based healthcare be the answer to America’s medical woes? A significant subset of providers seem to think so. According to a recent survey of the NEJM Catalyst Insights Council, 42% of participants believe that value-based reimbursement models will one day supplant fee-for-service as the primary revenue model for healthcare in the United States.    [...]

By |2020-11-19T14:45:06+00:00December 2nd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Will Price Transparency Help Patients Find Lower-Cost Care?

At the close of July, the Trump administration proposed new policies that would create greater price transparency among healthcare providers. The driving idea behind the new proposal is that patients will be better able to shop around for care and choose options that fit within their budgetary limits instead of seeking care from the nearest [...]

By |2019-09-11T20:26:27+00:00September 11th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

FCC Rural Telemedicine Update: Improving Care for Patients?

Positive change may be on the horizon for patients who use -- or even rely on -- telehealth services. Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced its intent to overhaul its method for distributing telemedicine-adjacent funds through the Rural Health Care Program in a way that eliminates any current wasteful practices or inefficiencies.  [...]

By |2019-08-26T19:48:43+00:00August 26th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Benefits of Hospice Care

When patients enter the dusk of their sunset years, they need peace, support, and care. It can be a trying time for patients and family alike -- but with hospice, the burden weighs a little easier. According to one report published in the BMJ’s Supportive and Palliative Care, patients who enroll in hospice during their [...]

By |2019-07-25T20:51:56+00:00July 25th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Effective Opioid Care is Proactive, Not Reactive

Will funding for initiatives against opioid addiction come from the very people who manufacture the pills? In recent months, pharmaceutical companies have found themselves in the legal hot seat. So far, over 2,000 local and tribal governments have sought action against the manufacturers in court, hoping to recoup some -- if not all -- of [...]

By |2019-06-28T17:34:02+00:00June 28th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Co-Pay Accumulators Are on the Chopping Block — Here’s Why

Copay accumulators aren’t welcome in Virginia. As of this March, state legislators in both the state and its neighbor, West Virginia, passed legislation that requires insurers to count copay assistance cards and manufacturer-provided coupons towards patients’ out-of-pocket limits. This measure comes in direct response to insurers’ increased tendency to use the policies to prevent payment [...]

By |2020-11-19T14:39:19+00:00May 17th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

The Challenges and Opportunities of Integrated Health Homes

Fragmented care has long been a frustrating thorn in the sides of those living with multiple or chronic illnesses. Despite the complexity of their conditions, these patients often receive little to no support when coordinating their medical treatment and struggle to shoulder the administrative burden themselves. Change, however, may be on the way in Illinois; [...]

By |2019-11-26T20:01:02+00:00April 29th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

We Can Overcome Hurdles in Telehealth Implementation

Telemedicine is an inarguable boon to modern care. By complementing traditional in-practice services with telemedical offerings, healthcare providers can extend specialty consults into the most remote rural clinics, cut down on the time patients wait for care, and even reach those who might have otherwise foregone the time and expense of in-person care.   The [...]

By |2019-02-12T20:55:04+00:00February 12th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments