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Mass Brigham cancels surgeries amid worldwide tech outage

Editor's Note A global Microsoft server outage disrupting critical services from airline operations to banking is also having a significant impact on healthcare, according to multiple news reports. On example is a Friday, July 19 report from CBS News reporting that Mass General Brigham, the largest health care system in…

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By: Matt Danford
July 19, 2024
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Epic becomes global no 1 EHR by market share

Editor's Note Epic has the largest market share for hospital electronic health record (EHR) systems in the world, according to a July 8 report from Becker’s Health IT. The company took the top spot after adding 203 hospitals and 24,117 beds outside the U.S. in 2023, with significant growth in…

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By: Matt Danford
July 16, 2024
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Study: Federal antitrust action minimal relative to number of hospital mergers

Editor's Note Federal regulation of hospital mergers is inadequate, according to an April antitrust enforcement study scheduled to be published by the American Economic Association. According to a June 14 report in Modern Healthcare, researchers at universities including Harvard and Yale analyzed insurance claims data from Aetna, Humana, and UnitedHealthcare,…

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By: Matt Danford
June 27, 2024
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Ambulatory endoscopy management strategies keep patients, finances healthy

Gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy is one of the most common procedures in the US. Performed more than 17.1 million times per year in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings as well as ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), GI procedures account for 68% of all endoscopies, according to a May 2022 article in Digestive…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 24, 2024
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Built to grow: Key elements of planning a new ASC

Are you part of the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) construction boom? If so, you’re not alone. Approximately 116 new facilities opened in 2023, according to Becker’s ASC Review, and more are planned for and underway in 2024. This trend shows no signs of slowing. Fortune Business Insights projects the US…

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By: Brendan Dooley
May 24, 2024
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Per-person healthcare spending grows nearly 19% in 5 years

Editor's Note Average prices for healthcare services trended upward from 2018 to 2022 despite fluctuations in utilization of service, according to the annual Health Care Cost and Utilization Report (HCCUR) from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI). In the same timeframe, per-person spending increased nearly 19%. "Prices, in particular, pose a…

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By: Matt Danford
May 2, 2024
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Private equity healthcare ownership draws new scrutiny

Editor's Note Over the last 10 years, private equity has taken over many of the nation’s health care facilities—from hospitals to nursing homes to physician practices—spending $1 trillion and instituting changes designed to rapidly increase profits, NBC News reported April 9. Studies have found that these takeovers can have serious…

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By: Brita Belli
April 23, 2024
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Share your expertise! Topics, speakers sought for 2025 ORBMC

Editor's Note If you’d like the opportunity to share process improvement initiatives, best practices, or in-depth case studies of what perioperative success looks like, now’s the time to start planning. The program committee for the OR Business Management Conference is now accepting abstract proposals for presentations at the 2025 event,…

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By: Kaitlin Sennello
April 22, 2024
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Hospitals report robust margins, caution about potential near-term disruption

Editor's Note Data collected from more than 1,300 hospitals nationwide for Kaufman Hall’s National Hospital Flash Report shows strong margins—averaging 3.9% in February—but does not account for significant, near-term headwinds, according to a March 28 article from HealthLeaders. Revenue growth is primarily from outpatient care, and inpatient revenue continues to…

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By: Matt Danford
April 1, 2024
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Most physicians negatively view private equity ownership of healthcare practices

Editor's Note According to a March 11 research letter published by JAMA Internal Medicine, most physicians have a negative view of private equity’s growing involvement in healthcare. The findings mostly come from a January 2023 survey of 525 medical doctors conducted by the American College of Physicians (ACP). Some highlights…

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By: Brita Belli
March 26, 2024
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