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Helping Consumers Navigate Health Care Costs

By Caroline Steinberg
March 17, 2015

How much will it cost? Is a question more and more consumers are asking. As people are paying an increasingly greater portion of their health care costs out of pocket, the demand to know the price of health care services is growing. To meet the demand, hospitals and health systems are seeking ways to improve how they communicate pricing information with patients and their community.

Sharing meaningful information, however, is challenging because hospital care is specifically... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, access, transparency

America's Hospitals: There For You When You Need Us

By Caroline Steinberg
March 13, 2015

Hospitals’ unique role as a 24/7 health care provider is never more critical than during a disaster. Hospitals provide more than just care for the ill and injured – they are centers for relief and recovery, offer food and shelter for those in need, and help patients and communities begin the healing process. 

The report “Always There, Ready to Care” highlights hospitals’ role as the center of every emergency and explores challenges that hospitals are facing maintaining 24/7... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality, population health, Emergency Preparedness, Community health, Coverage, access, disaster readiness, preparedness

America's Hospitals: Always There, 24/7

By Caroline Steinberg
March 12, 2015

The role of hospitals is unique: always there, for all patients, ready to care, from the routine to the catastrophic. But the new report “Always There, Ready to Care,” shows how rising demand, constrained capacity and the erosion of financing to meet community needs are putting this role at risk.

At the same time hospitals are undergoing a major shift, building collaborative teams that are improving the coordination of health care. They're partnering with other health care... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: site neutral payment, population health, Emergency Preparedness, Medicare, Coverage, Redefining the H, advocacy, Medicaid, disaster readiness, preparedness

Hospital Economic Impact Often Overlooked

By Caroline Steinberg
March 3, 2015

Over the course of 2013, America’s hospitals:

  • Treated 134 million people in the emergency department;
  • Provided care for 544 million other outpatients;
  • Performed almost 27 million surgeries; and
  • Delivered four million babies.

Despite these statistics, hospitals and health systems are often overlooked as top economic drivers in their communities.

Outlined in the 2015 edition of AHA’s Hospital Economic Impact Report, the health care field as a whole added an average of... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, workforce

Health care spending at lowest levels since 1960

By Caroline Steinberg
December 5, 2014

In 2013 U.S. health care spending growth hit 3.7 percent, its lowest level since the government began tracking it in 1960, according to a new report. A key driver of this trend is the low growth in hospital prices which increased by only 2.2 percent in 2013. This is strikingly at odds with allegations from the insurance industry that hospital consolidation is driving up prices and premiums. Yes, hospitals are partnering with other health care providers and experimenting with new... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: consolidation, mergers
 

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