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Top 10 Federally Qualified Health Centers by Visits

October 24, 2018 BY Alanna Moriarty

Top 10 Federally Qualified Health Centers by Visits

Federally Qualified Health Centers are care facilities designed to provide care for rural and underserved communities across the U.S. Ventura Country Health Care Agency is the largest FQHC, followed by Family Healthcare Network.

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Top Outpatient Procedures at Hospitals Versus ASCs

September 4, 2018 BY Alanna Moriarty

Top Outpatient Procedures at Hospitals Versus ASCs

 

The continual shift from inpatient to outpatient procedures is one of the most common ways hospitals and care facilities reduce healthcare spending. This is especially cost-effective when patients seek outpatient care at a clinic or ambulatory surgery center (ASC) rather than a traditional hospital. Because services are often limited at ASCs and outpatient clinics, these facilities are able to charge less than hospitals, whose charges must cover operating costs of a wide breadth of services and staff. 

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Are Retail Clinics Empowering Patients or Fragmenting Care?

Retail clinics have exploded in popularity since they first entered the healthcare market in 2001. In the past three years alone, the number of retail clinics in the U.S. has expanded from 700 to more than 2,450. The proprietary clinics are primarily owned by private companies, and operate by renting space in pharmacies, big-box stores, and even the occasional hospital. Retail clinics are more attractive to patients than physician visits and urgent care clinics because they offer similar care quality for lower costs and shorter wait times.

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Top Renal Dialysis Networks See Growth and Innovative Treatments

Approximately 30 million adults suffer from chronic kidney disease in the United States—or one in seven people. According to the National Kidney Foundation about one-third of the total population is at risk for developing the condition, which can lead to total kidney failure, atrial fibrillation, and heart disease if untreated. More than 60 percent of diagnoses are related to diabetes and high blood pressure, but ethnicity and genetic risk factors may also increase a patient’s risk of diagnosis. As the number of people affected by kidney disease rises, so does the demand for renal dialysis.

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Healthcare consolidation has become one of the most noticeable trends of the post-reform period. A combination of poor economic growth, state budget pressures, and declining reimbursement has encouraged many health organizations to pursue mergers as a means to cut costs and expand their market presence. Much of the public scrutiny has focused on hospitals, health systems, and major insurers, but consolidation among private practices has grown as well over the past several years. From 2013 to 2015, a study found the mean and median physician practice group size grew from 3.8 and 8 to 4 and 10, respectively, while the percent of physicians in groups with more than 100 doctors increased from 29.6 to 35.1 percent. Evidence suggests that physician practice mergers and vertical integration with hospitals can potentially have the same anticompetitive effects as hospital-level agreements, but typically encounter fewer regulatory obstacles.

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