A recent federal report is ranking the health care at Wisconsin’s rural hospitals as one of the best, according to WKBT News. The report, from the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration, refers to the 58 rural hospitals with 25 beds or less. Hospital officials cite patient outcomes and communication with larger hospitals as contributing factors.
Kentucky became the first state to announce both the closure and restructuring of a state health insurance marketplace and Medicaid expansion. Kentucky might be the test model for the rest of the nation for reversal of ACA-related health policies. A report published in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law examines the potential short-term and long-term impacts that may occur following changes in state health policy. The report offers potential strategies to ameliorate the expected negative impacts of disruption of both Kynect and Medicaid expansion.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded nearly $3.6 million to 45 health centers in Ohio to improve their operations, according to an article from Cleveland Business. Ohio health centers are receiving a total of $3,582,514 to continue improving their services based upon high levels of performance in one or more of the following categories: improving quality of care, increasing access to care, enhancing delivery of high value health care, addressing health disparities and achieving Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition.
California is expected to face a statewide shortfall of primary care providers in the next 15 years, with acute shortages in the Central Valley, Central Coast and Southern Border areas, due to the uneven distribution of care across the state, according to a report by the Healthforce Center at UCSF. The study predicts mid-range shortfalls of about 4,700 primary care clinicians in 2025, and the need for about 4,100 additional providers in 2030 to meet the expected population demand. Close monitoring of the clinician supply, along with targeted efforts to recruit and retain new primary care physicians is recommended.
Based on a scan of Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs) developed by nonprofit rural hospitals in Nebraska, this report finds the most common highest priorities were behavioral health issues and obesity and overweight issues, followed by access to care, chronic disease prevention and screening (e.g., diabetes and hypertension), and cancer. However, most CHNAs failed to discuss the gaps in available resources and the impact of previous intervention strategies.
A battle over high drug prices has become a battle over transparency—specifically, which drug makers are funding an effort to block a measure on the Ohio ballot this November that seeks to rein in the state’s drug prices. According to Stat News, the proposal in Ohio is similar to the one that California voters shot down last November following a huge oppositional push from drug companies; it’s even backed by the same group, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which runs a nonprofit network of clinics.
The Rauner administration has awarded bids to six insurers in a quest to overhaul a major Medicaid cost-saving initiative in Illinois which will cut the number of participating carriers in half, according to a report by Modern Healthcare. In Illinois, 12 insurers currently manage the benefits for about 63 percent of Medicaid recipients, though only 9 carriers bid for contracts. Under Rauner's overhaul, 80 percent of Medicaid enrollees must choose or be assigned to a managed care plan. The new contracts are expected to save between $200 million and $300 million a year through due to cost-cutting incentives for insurers.
California’s Hospital Quality Institute was named one of the American Hospital Association’s 2017 “Stars of the Field,” according to Advisory Board. The Hospital Quality Institute – which was formed by the California Hospital Association, the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, the Hospital Association of Southern California, and the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties – was honored for its "unprecedented breadth, depth, and alignment of statewide quality improvement initiatives," including a 47 percent decrease in early elective deliveries, a 34 percent decrease in obstetric trauma, and—over a five year period—a 30 percent decrease in sepsis mortality.
California’s Hospital Quality Institute was named one of the American Hospital Association’s 2017 “Stars of the Field,” according to the Advisory Board. The Hospital Quality Institute was formed by the California Hospital Association, the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, the Hospital Association of Southern California, and the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties. Results included a 47 percent decrease in early elective deliveries, a 34 percent decrease in obstetric trauma, and a 30 percent decrease in sepsis mortality over a five-year period.
State and local public health officials will assess how the elimination of the North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy (a.k.a. BreatheND) will impact tobacco use, according to The Bismarck Tribune. BreatheND’s services were folded into the state’s Health Department. The health department must develop a plan based on best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to carry out their mission with less money.