AIMHI Intelligence


Satisfaction With Care After Reducing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Interesting study…  ———————— Satisfaction With Care After Reducing Opioids for Chronic Pain Adam L. Sharp, MD, MS; Ernest Shen, PhD; Yi-Lin Wu, MS; Adeline Wong, MPH; Michael Menchine, MD, MS; Michael H. Kanter, MD; and Michael K. Gould, MD, MS Am J Manag Care. 2018;24(6):e196-e199   https://www.ajmc.com/journals/issue/2018/2018-vol24-n6/satisfaction-with-care-after-reducing-opioids-for-chronic-pain     ABSTRACT […]


9 private equity firms gobbling up healthcare businesses

Interesting scoreboard….   ——————–   9 private equity firms gobbling up healthcare businesses Written by Morgan Haefner | June 15, 2018   https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/hospital-transactions-and-valuation/9-private-equity-firms-gobbling-up-healthcare-businesses.html   Fifty-two percent of executives are on the hunt for acquisitions in the next year, according to Ernst & Young’s 2018 Global Capital Confidence Barometer.   Private equity companies are […]


HCA, private equity firm join forces to make bid for Envision

HCA, private equity firm join forces to make bid for Envision Written by Ayla Ellison May 21, 2018   https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/hospital-transactions-and-valuation/hca-private-equity-firm-join-forces-to-make-bid-for-envision.html   Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare and KKR & Co., a New York City-based private equity firm, have teamed up to make an offer for Nashville-based physician services provider Envision Healthcare, […]


Maryland: The first state CMS will hold fully at risk for total healthcare costs

Interesting model – an enhancement to a program started in 2014 in which the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission manages the global healthcare budget.   This initiative allows Maryland to adopt new and innovative policies aimed at reducing per capita hospital expenditures and improving patient health outcomes.   The […]


Walmart patent proposes storing patient records on the blockchain

Two items of interest here…   This potentially is fabulous tech, and one first responders have been asking about for years It’s Walmart – the next biggest healthcare organization??   ——————————–   Walmart patent proposes storing patient records on the blockchain Written by Julie Spitzer | June 18, 2018 | Print  | Email   https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/healthcare-information-technology/walmart-patent-would-store-patient-records-on-blockchain.html […]


Envision Healthcare to be acquired by KKR

Envision Healthcare to be acquired by KKR By Shelby Livingston  | June 11, 2018 Private equity firm KKR on Monday said it would buy physician staffing company Envision Healthcare for $9.9 billion.  http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20180611/NEWS/180619998 The companies expect the deal to close in the fourth quarter of 2018. The announcement comes after Nashville, Tenn.-based Envision […]


Bloomberg – Air Ambulances Are Flying More Patients Than Ever, and Leaving Massive Bills Behind

Air Ambulances Are Flying More Patients Than Ever, and Leaving Massive Bills Behind Rising prices, billing disputes, and a quirk in federal law are creating a new health-care headache. By John Tozzi June 11, 2018   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-06-11/private-equity-backed-air-ambulances-leave-behind-massive-bills   When three-year-old West Cox’s fever hit 107 degrees, doctors called a helicopter.   […]


GAO calls on CMS to continue prior authorization experiments

GAO calls on CMS to continue prior authorization experiments By Virgil Dickson  | May 21, 2018   http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20180521/NEWS/180529994   The CMS hasn’t moved to continue prior authorization experiments even though they could save Medicare billions of dollars, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Under the experiments, the CMS only pays for some […]


HCA, private equity firm join forces to make bid for Envision

HCA, private equity firm join forces to make bid for Envision Written by Ayla Ellison May 21, 2018   https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/hospital-transactions-and-valuation/hca-private-equity-firm-join-forces-to-make-bid-for-envision.html   Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare and KKR & Co., a New York City-based private equity firm, have teamed up to make an offer for Nashville-based physician services provider Envision Healthcare, […]


BCBS of Texas: Some members may have to pay entire bill for non-emergent use of out-of-network ED

BCBS of Texas: Some members may have to pay entire bill for non-emergent use of out-of-network ED Morgan Haefner April 25, 2018   https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/payer-issues/bcbs-of-texas-some-members-may-have-to-pay-entire-bill-for-nonemergent-use-of-out-of-network-ed.html   BlueCross BlueShield of Texas may begin requiring some members who access non-emergent care at out-of-network emergency departments to pay their bills in full.   Here […]