The number of new coronavirus cases is growing in most states. As the pandemic continues to strain U.S. health care systems, a tool developed by RAND researchers can help hospitals prepare for the worst.
Price regulations face political obstacles and have been strongly opposed by medical providers. But setting prices for all commercial health care payers could reduce hospital spending by $61.9 billion to $236.6 billion a year if the rates were set at 100 to 150 percent of the amounts paid by Medicare.
This study drew on previous research into NHS hospitals taking over running general practices, and evaluated whether hospital-run practices affect patient satisfaction and attendance, including for patients with long-term conditions.
Did patient hospital experiences change during the COVID-19 pandemic and, if so, did the changes differ across hospitals with different patient-staff ratios and prepandemic quality (hospital overall star rating)?
The experiences of patients hospitalized during the COVID-19 pandemic were significantly worse than in the years before the crisis, with hospitals with higher staffing levels holding onto better scores longer.
Participation in this 8-hospital Institute for Healthcare Improvement Virtual Breakthrough Series collaborative was associated with improvement in the quality of written discharge instructions beyond precollaborative trends only for hospitals with high baseline performance.
Santa Clara County sought to understand where gaps exist between psychiatric and substance use disorder treatment bed capacity and needs — at different levels of care. The authors use various sources to identify such gaps and hard-to-place populations.
COVID-19 led to significant hospital operational changes, impacting financial performance. 80% of 4,223 U.S. hospitals received emergency funds, with 16.3% experiencing financial distress (46.3% excluding relief funds). Hospitals with more Hispanic patients faced higher distress.
The authors interviewed senior staff at Sheppard Pratt, a community-based mental health specialty care system in Maryland and West Virginia, to understand how Sheppard Pratt's experiences can potentially inform national mental health policy.
The authors aim to understand the financial performance of large nonprofit hospitals systems in the post-COVID-19 era by examining several of these systems' overall profit margin by using their most recent annual financial reports.
Researchers evaluated the association between hospitals attesting to an emergency department buprenorphine treatment Opioid Hospital Quality Improvement Program (O-HQIP) pathway and patients' subsequent initiation of buprenorphine treatment.
We leverage ACA coverage expansions to study the impact of health insurance on opioid-related emergency department visits while accounting for potentially confounding changes in relevant state-level policies.
Hospital horizontal consolidation is associated with higher prices paid to providers. And there is some evidence of the same for vertical consolidation of hospitals and physician practices. What effect might the No Surprises Act—created to protect consumers from surprise medical bills—have on consolidation trends?
In California, Merced, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus Counties sought to understand the gap between capacity and need for behavioral health beds. This report estimates bed shortages by triangulating estimates through multiple modeling methodologies.
The average prices charged to commercial health plans by hospitals, as compared to what Medicare pays, remained relatively stable between 2012 and 2019, but there was a large amount of geographic variation in the trends.
We compared Colorado's all-payer claims databases with other state-level databases, using analyses comparing quarterly rates of opioid-involved inpatient and emergency department visits and rates of 30-day opioid fills.