Declarations are not enough. Health care equity needs action, health care leaders say

Ask a health care organization what its top priority is today, and many will say health care equity. But when it comes to creating real change, lip service won’t cut it, one executive said. “This is virtue signaling,” SCAN Health Plan CEO Sachin Jain said in a recent interview. “It’s fashionable to say you care … Read more

Shopping for healthcare online? Why health systems should care about commodities

Just as Americans shop online for the holidays, patients should be able to have the same convenience in finding the care they need. Consumers today are experts in online shopping. Whether you’re buying clothes, electronics, furniture, or just about anything else, online stores let you sort items and apply filters to find the exact products … Read more

Study finds ‘huge’ increase in children going to emergency room with suicidal thoughts

Editor’s note: If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or mental health issues, please call the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline or visit the helpline’s website. CNN — There has been a steady rise in the number of children being seen in emergency departments for suicidal thoughts, according to a new … Read more

Highmark Health Raises Two Leaders and More

In other news, Kettering Health selects interim CEO, Moffitt Cancer Center appoints its first chief innovation officer, and others take on new roles. Highmark Health has announced leadership changes in its Western Pennsylvania market, including the 14-hospital Allegheny Health Network. Cynthia Hendorfian, president and CEO of Allegheny Health Network, is moving to a new corporate … Read more

Vanderbilt Transgender Health Clinic suspends gender confirmation surgeries on minors

CNN — Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s transgender clinic in Nashville has suspended gender-affirmation surgeries on patients under the age of 18, a top executive at the center told a Tennessee lawmaker on Friday. Tennessee Republican Rep. Jason Zachary — who has asked VUMC to permanently end sex-confirmation surgeries on minors — posted a letter to … Read more

Adding Accessibility Features to Digital Health Technologies: Improving Patient Engagement and Experience

The clinical trial population should mimic the population of patients who will ultimately use the therapy being studied. Sounds logical, right? Unfortunately, this has not always been the case and there have been negative consequences, such as cases where people with disabilities or from certain racial groups have had adverse effects from approved drugs that … Read more

Building wealth and health: Under Kaiser’s credit building program

Kaiser Permanente is several months into a first-of-its-kind community program that focuses on helping Americans build their credit. When researching various social barriers to health, Kaiser realized that factors that negatively impact Americans’ financial mobility needed to be addressed, according to Stephanie Ledesma, the health system’s vice president of national community health. Economic mobility is … Read more

Hospitals screen for social determinants of health, but programs, community partnerships lag behind

The study examines hospital strategies for social needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospitals are integrating screenings to assess patients’ social determinants of health (SDOH), but programs and community partnerships to address SDOH have been slower to develop. The pandemic has sparked public interest in meeting social needs, and health systems have made significant investments to … Read more

Support rehab health with hybrid care

The pandemic ushered in the dawn of the hyper-connected consumer in nearly every industry, including healthcare. Data from before the pandemic shows that most patient care is delivered in person, with telehealth accounting for less than 10% of all visits. This is largely due to three reasons: 1) payment systems and processes do not support … Read more

Stop Medicare cuts and preserve access to home health care

The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged the US healthcare system like never before – especially the segment of the industry that cares for the elderly and people with disabilities. Faced with massive disruption to the status quo, providers have had to move quickly to new models of care, such as hospital-at-home programs, which have helped reduce … Read more