hospitals

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    Nurses Union Battle is Bigger than Mission Hospital

    North Carolina is in the middle of a union battle at Mission Hospital in Asheville. On September 4, 2020, The Daily News reported on the union ballot initiative’s potential implications across the state. Brian Gordon reported for the Jacksonville newspaper: “You definitely know that it’s bigger than just the hospital,”…
    Brenee Goforth, September 8, 2020
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    NHRMC agrees to partnership with Novant Health, UNC Health

    In some non-COVID related health news, the New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) is moving forward with its proposed research and clinical partnership with Novant Health and UNC Health. The New Hanover Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to move forward with the proposed affiliation, which has drawn criticism from…
    Jordan Roberts, July 14, 2020
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    How can hospitals better prepare for a potential second wave of Coronavirus?

    When the Coronavirus began to spread in the U.S., no one knew what to expect. Public health officials weren’t sure what infections, hospitalizations, or deaths would look like in our country compared to others. Now, more than four months into the pandemic in the U.S., we have a much better…
    Jordan Roberts, June 23, 2020
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    CMS relaxes more regulations to help hospitals fight coronavirus

    At both the state and federal level, much of the coronavirus policy response has focused on deregulatory efforts to assist the effort of frontline health care workers. Lawmakers and state leaders around the country have relaxed regulations on things like certificate of need laws…
    Jordan Roberts, March 31, 2020
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    Hospitals to receive advanced Medicare payments

    Hospitals around the country are preparing to handle the onslaught of patients who need care due to the spreading coronavirus. Some hospitals, like those in New York, are already facing a massive wave of patients needing high-intensity care. One of the ways that hospitals have prepared themselves is to cancel…
    Jordan Roberts, March 31, 2020
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    Large sum secured for hospitals in coronavirus relief package

    Things could still change, but as of mid-day on Wednesday, it seems that the Congressional relief package for coronavirus response is all but done. Hospitals and the rest of the health care system have a large earmark, The legislation will also invest $150 billion in the health care system,…
    Jordan Roberts, March 25, 2020
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    The grim reality of some “non-profit” hospitals

    Earlier this week, I posted on the blog about a hospital CFO touting his hospital system’s monopoly power as a way to extract profitable reimbursement from the insurers in the area. This is a dim reality in the U.S. health care system that is dominated by hospital…
    Jordan Roberts, July 3, 2019
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    The reality of hospital system monopolies

    I write a lot about hospital consolidations and the monopoly problem in health care (See here, here, here, here, and here). It’s widely…
    Jordan Roberts, July 1, 2019