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Mar 12, 2021 by Rick Pollack
Patients should expect that any drugs or medications they require are safe, administered effectively and available when needed. But, some commercial health insurance companies are changing the rules about how drugs are handled and administered, with serious consequences for patient care.
Mar 11, 2021 by Lindsey Dunn Burgstahler
The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed many of the things that shape our lives: our relationships, our work, our interactions with technology and one another. And although it has undoubtedly changed leaders, it hasn’t changed what we know about leadership.
Mar 9, 2021 by Dora Barilla, by Ira Byock, M.D., by Tyler Norris
Health care systems must partner in effective community-based approaches in caring for populations, write three leaders from Providence. Using evidence from more than four decades of place-based investments, the authors write that comprehensive, multi-dimensional community investment strategies can measurably advance human health and well-being. Read more about the seven Standards of Excellence in Community Health Investments for consideration by health care systems and partners.
Mar 8, 2021 by Priya Bathija
Today is International Women's Day, a celebration of women’s achievements and a way to raise awareness against bias and take action for equality.
Mar 8, 2021 by Rod Hochman, M.D.
In the 55 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke those words, our nation has made some progress to ensure all individuals have an equal opportunity to reach their healthiest life — but we still have a long way to go.
Mar 5, 2021 by Rick Pollack
1.5 million people. That’s the approximate number of people that hospitals and health systems have treated for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. To put that in perspective, that would mean filling Chicago’s Soldier Field to capacity 24 times.
Mar 5, 2021 by Rick Pollack
A recent report from RAND misses the mark on solutions to the cost of health care and draws its conclusions from the same recycled and incomplete studies.
Mar 1, 2021 by Rod Hochman, M.D.
During our rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and health systems have developed new ways of collecting, evaluating and sharing data to improve patient care. It’s one way the pandemic is reshaping health care now and into the future.
Mar 1, 2021 by Rick Pollack
A recent JAMA article, recycles old and tired arguments about hospital consolidation without any examination of the impact of consolidation in the commercial health insurance industry or related health care sectors that promise to have a profound impact on the cost, quality and accessibility of health care for consumers.
Feb 26, 2021 by Rick Pollack
For the last few weeks, we’ve used this space to highlight the need for the next COVID-19 relief package to provide hospitals and health systems with additional resources and support so they can continue to care for patients and protect communities.