And four more news items for hospital leaders, practice managers, and other healthcare executives to review this week
- In an article published by Becker’s Hospital Review earlier this month, the vice president and general manager of enterprise corporate accounts at a Midwest health system speaks about the enormous value veterans can bring to a healthcare organization, both as leaders and employees.
- Hospitals & Health Networks looks at the measures some organizations are taking to tackle food insecurity (i.e., lack of access to reasonably priced, nourishing foods), which impacts patients throughout the country. To help hospitals and health systems better address the factors and improve population health, the Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence team from the American Hospital Association (AHA) is launching a series of guides, the first of which is titled “Food Insecurity and the Role of Hospitals.”
- Managed Healthcare Executive casts a discerning eye over the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare, which uses a one-to-five star rating scale and provides information about quality of care at 4,000-plus Medicare-certified hospitals. The publication covers key concerns relating to Hospital Compare, including socioeconomic bias, as explained by the Association of Medical College’s chief healthcare officer and the AHA’s director of policy.
- Implemented seven years ago and in keeping with its purpose, the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program has cut readmissions. Yet, as reported by Healthcare Finance, a Health Affairs’ study found the existing penalty structure also causes some organizations—such as teaching hospitals and other large facilities—to be recurrently penalized, placing them on the path of financial hardship.
- More patients than ever are using internet-connected medical devices, such as insulin pumps. As the trend continues, hackers and other web-based criminals are searching for different ways to breach hospital networks. An item published by Healthcare Dive provides tips, from identifying the risks to assessing manufacturers, in hopes of helping facility administrators ensure the security of connected medical devices.