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The ABC’s of Medicare (and D)

Anytime I am asked the same question twice in a week, it tells me our audience is probably thinking about this subject.  So this week, the subject is Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D.

Finding Urgent Care Locations

We came across a tool (currently in beta as they are growing their database) built by Michael Barber to allow consumers to easily locate Urgent Care locations. It's a straightforward tool with some handy information helping to understanding Urgent Care and when it is appropriate to use them.

5 Forces Driving Hospital Consolidation

With the reality of healthcare reform setting in, the new tapestry of the healthcare delivery system remains foggy. One thing however, is certain; independent community hospitals are finding it increasingly difficult to compete. With news publications filled with articles of new mergers and acquisitions it can’t help but leave many independent hospitals wondering, not if, but when they will need to join forces with one of the industry giants.

Here, five major forces driving hospital consolidation are highlighted.

What’s Going on inside the Heart of Cardiac Services?

Recently, we performed an analysis for a customer on cardiac services trends.  Based on previous studies, we knew cardiac inpatient services were declining overall.  However, we discovered that inside cardiac services many of the sub-service lines behave quite differently; many declining but some actually increasing.  We analyzed all-payer data from Florida, Texas and California alongside full U.S. Medicare data and discovered a deeper understanding than “inpatient cardiac services are declining.”

The Art (and Science) of Defining Service Areas – Part 2

This post is a follow-up case study to illustrate the detail outlined in Part 1 found here.

Case Study – Memorial Hospital, Anytown, USA.  In the last blog post, we covered how to define a service area.  In this post, we will cover a case study demonstrating the pros and cons of different service area definitions focusing on competitor identification.  Below is a case study based on a real hospital and real service areas blinded to protect the innocent.

Hurricane Sandy Affected Hospitals

There is no doubt that Hurricane Sandy had a disastrous effect on the eastern seaboard, especially the low lying areas of New York City.

Healthcare Effect - Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy is projected to hit the New Jersey Coast and maintain hurricane force winds north to Maine.  Due to the late October timing of this storm, it is expected to bring heavy snows inland from Tennessee to Maine.

For Halloween: The Most Feared Question on Schedule H Form 990 Part V Community Health Needs Assessment, Question # 7

“Did the hospital facility address all of the needs identified in its most recently conducted Needs Assessment? If “No” explain in Part VI which needs it has not addressed and the reasons why it has not addressed such needs.” 

Bad Maps: Apple's Map App and Poor Cartographic Design

Maps have been a hot topic this week with the release of Apple’s iOS6.   Apple pulled the plug on its partnership with Google maps and opted for their proprietary map app. Being a map geek, I had heard about the new Apple Maps for months. How the 3D mapping and turn by turn navigation would not only blow Google out of the water, but establish a strong competitor against Google’s industry standard. The problem is Apple’s maps have been plagued with bugs since release.  3D mapping only works in a few major markets and has been known to warp the landscape when it fails to engage properly. Search results and directions have also been causing trouble. People have reported their simple search results have sent them to the wrong location, and in some cases, into bodies of water.

Hospital, Meet Your Community. Community, Meet your Hospital.

Some hospitals really know their communities, and some just hope they do.  When was the last time the hospital CEO sat down and had a discussion with the Director of the Health Department concerning the needs of the community?  I’ve worked around many hospital CEOs who have said about health status and improvement, “that’s public health”.   Essentially saying that’s not our job, we take care of sick people.  Immunizations, low birthweight babies, diabetes rates, are all the purview of the health department.