An average hospital is…..?
A quick post on something we do not think about often.
We look at the world through our own professional lens. If you toil at a big urban hospital, your sphere of interest encompasses GME, training, research, and safety net care. Conversely, if you work at a small, rural hospital, you concentrate on ER and ward coverage, adequacy of services, and connectivity to neighboring facilities and unavailable technology.
Salaries in the C-suite, and then some
Uwe Reinhardt, a prominent health economist at Princeton (and prior SHM plenary speaker) writes a bi-monthly column for the NY Times. Provocative and whip smart–whether you agree with him or not–he scribed an interesting column last week on hospital governance. Part of his column focused on nonprofit IRS filing statements.
Wisdom Via Ariely
I am a huge fan of Dan Ariely. A behavioral economist from Duke, his sense of humor and intellectual curiosity make him immediately appealing (watch a video and see).
HCUP: Hospital Costs, Not Prices
AHRQ released a helpful brief in 2013 assessing costs (not prices) for hospital stays.
Inpatient health care costs for Medicare, longer term, exhibit a downward growth rate–still ascending but slowing. However, prices for employed individuals moved upward and at an accelerating rate (distinct from Medicare). The number of admissions from both groups also decreased.
On Medicare, CEO’s, and Throwing Stones…
I have been deliberating on Medicare (again), since the release of Time Magazine’s Brill piece last week. The quote below gets at my thinking:
I clipped sentences while reading the last few weeks with the intent of compiling them for this post. I want you to examine below and glean a pattern.
Blink Twice, Rub Eyes: QI Floaters And Spots
I am not a nihilist. Just be careful what people tell you, what you believe, and how data
does not links to incentives. I am just sayin’.
The very few words edition:
Drop The Mug and Pen, Take Two Steps Back, And Hands Behind Your Head
The rules for the Physician Payments Sunshine Act dropped:
Drug, device and medical supply companies must report all payments over $10 to U.S. physicians and teaching hospitals. The data must include date of payment, a description of the service provided, the amount paid and which of a company’s products the payment involved.
JAMA Readmissions, Part II
My last post alluded to the JAMA theme issue on readmissions. I planned on writing a synopsis, but having read a related post from a friend—one I cannot improve upon—I will defer to his. However, a few housekeeping chores before the guest summary below.