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Healthcare Costs Coming In Below Projections...

With U.S. healthcare benefit costs projected to climb 5 percent during 2020, large employers are doubling down on efforts to stem the increases, according to results in an annual survey by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) in Washington, D.C.  Employers identified implementing more virtual care solutions (51 percent) and a more focused strategy […]

Americans Without Health Insurance On The Rise...

The rate of non-elderly Americans without health insurance increased between 2016 and 2017 despite unemployment numbers dropping and a generally strong economy. The uninsured rate climbed from 10 percent in 2016 to 10.2 percent in 2017, the first increase since 2013, after significant declines driven by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The decline resulted in […]

California Hospitals Spending Less On Charity Care...

Hospitals in California, both nonprofit and for-profit, are spending less on uncompensated care since residents have access to coverage because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as ObamaCare. According to data in a new report from California Healthline, acute care hospitals spent less than half on these patients in 2017 […]

Nonprofit Hospitals To Patients: Pay Up...

Nonprofit hospitals are most likely to sue patients for payment compared to their for-profit competition. According to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, garnishments were more likely among nonprofit than for-profit hospitals and hospitals with a higher markup ratio relative to the Medicare allowable amount. And, they are suing to grab […]

Red Cross Faces More Congressional Oversight...

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) introduced legislation to give a congressional watchdog arm complete access to American Red Cross (ARC) records for oversight purposes. The bipartisan, bicameral American Red Cross Transparency Act of 2019, was written because of concerns that the ARC tried to quash a review by the Government […]

Workplace Protections Are Federal Law...

Employees with various disabilities are protected by a large number of federal laws. The protections can include the provision of alternate work arrangements. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a publication available online, “Depression, PTSD, & Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights.” It offers a series of questions […]

Nonprofit Healthcare Starting To See Turnaround...

Financial agency Fitch Ratings finally has some good news for nonprofit hospitals. According to Kevin Holloran, senior director at Fitch Ratings, hospitals that figure out how to absorb Medicare reimbursements could fare well due to the more frequent and intensive utilization by older patients. With an estimated 10,000 people set to turn 65 every day […]

Kids Killed In Attack On Save The Children Supported Hospital...

Four children were among seven people killed today when a hospital supported by Save the Children in Yemen was hit by an airstrike. Two other adults are unaccounted for after the attack. A missile struck a gas station near the entrance to Ritaf rural hospital, about 60 miles from the city of Saada in the […]

Charity Brands Awareness Diverges At $100K...

Brand awareness for nonprofits varies among households earning either more or less than $100,000, with only six charities among the top 10 matching across both demographics and four of the top 10 being in healthcare. Zion & Zion, a Tempe, Ariz.-based marketing agency collected data from 1,053 respondents to its annual survey, ranking brand awareness […]

$50 Million Gift To St. Jude Part Of $350 Million In Giving...

AbbVie, a biopharmaceutical company that was spun off from Abbott Laboratories five years ago, yesterday announced another eight-figure donation as it comes closer to its goal of donating $350 million to charities this year. The latest donation was $50 million to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. So far this year, AbbVie has donated $310 million […]