AIMHI Intelligence

Hospital Impact—Now’s the time to move to a decentralized care delivery model

Hospitals are in trouble. Why? Because the conventional wisdom on how to respond to the transition from fee-for-service to value-based payment programs does not seem to be working. Consultants insist that consolidation of independent hospitals into regional integrated systems, employing physicians and assuming more financial risk will lead to success. […]

UnitedHealth and Walgreens are mixing urgent care with pharmacy

The tiny suburb of Hilltop, located just north of Minneapolis, is hosting an experimental mash-up of health care services that’s helping to generate buzz on Wall Street. Hilltop is one of more than a dozen locations across the country where pharmacy giant Walgreens has carved out space in its stores […]

Becker’s – CMS launches new bundled payment model: 6 things to know

CMS announced a new voluntary bundled payment model on Tuesday, which is the first advanced alternative payment model introduced by the Trump administration. Here are six things to know about the bundled payment model. 1. The new model, called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced, includes 32 clinical episodes, with […]

Editorial: 10 healthcare predictions for 2018

Talk about a New Year’s hangover. Healthcare—17.9% of the nation’s gross domestic product and still growing—will dominate the news in 2018 as it has for much of the past decade. It’s not shaping up as a good news story. Here’s why: 1. The opioid epidemic will remain unaddressed. Drug overdose […]

San Diego adding roving fire engines to shrink response times

San Diego will try something new in its uphill battle to shrink emergency response times in the sprawling and increasingly congested city: roving “peak-hour” fire engines not connected to any station and deployed at busy times in busy areas. City officials say they plan to add six peak-hour engines – […]

Allegheny Health Network to shutter hospice unit Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Health Network will close its nine-bed inpatient hospice unit at its West Penn Hospital, which is also in Pittsburgh, Jan. 25, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Hospital officials attributed the closure to a declining demand for inpatient hospice services and an increasing demand for home hospice care. […]

Michael Dowling: 4 most important healthcare trends in 2018

To say that it has been a tumultuous year for the healthcare industry is an understatement. Federal policy changes and recent transactions involving large insurers, health systems and retailers will affect providers, payers and patients alike. While there are many new and emerging trends we need to pay close attention […]

Looking North: Can A Single-Payer Health System Work In The U.S.?

TORONTO — For Dr. Peter Cram, an American internist who spent most of his career practicing in Iowa City, Iowa, moving here about four years ago was almost a no-brainer. He’s part of a small cohort of American doctors who, for personal or professional reasons, have moved north to practice […]

Community paramedicine program works to prevent medical emergency calls

A group of Madison Fire Department paramedics are seeing success with a pilot program that allows them to work on prevention methods with people who are frequently calling for emergency services. The community paramedicine program has been in place in Madison for about two years. It’s run by paramedics Gail […]