And four more news items for hospital administrators, health system leaders, practice managers, and other healthcare executives to peruse this week.
- HealthLeaders Media highlights a Moody’s Investors Service report that indicates nonprofit health systems will need to boost patient access, become adept at digital efficiencies, attract and retain the best candidates, and remain financially adaptable to flourish in the years ahead. In addition, the report suggests high-margin inpatient services will signify less of a nonprofit health system’s future success profile, and leaders must adjust to the shift by modifying their long-term strategic focus.
- According to a recent Becker’s Hospital Review post, a survey published by Reaction Data indicates 62 percent of hospital leaders are in favor of Amazon’s plan to become a major medical supplier to small facilities, clinics, and hospital systems. The healthcare research and consulting firm says lower costs and the ability to streamline the purchasing process are among the advantages of procuring medical supplies from the online retail giant. More than 150 healthcare executives, including CEOs, finance directors, operations directors, and material management directors, responded to the survey.
- Also from Becker’s Hospital Review is an overview of dress code revisions at three renowned healthcare organizations. A member of its editorial staff spoke with leaders at Johns Hopkins, Long Beach Medical Center/MemorialCare Health System, and the Mayo Clinic to gain an understanding as to why they implemented changes to their dress code policies—such as the impending retirement of short white coats customarily worn by physician interns at one of the organizations—and what leaders hope to achieve through these modifications.
- This month—as stated in a release from EurekAlert!—international anesthesia standards were updated and co-published with the World Health Organization (WHO) in a global effort to maintain quality and safety, and improve surgical care. The new standards are recommended for anesthesia providers and their professional societies, hospital and facility administrators, and governments worldwide.
- Healthcare executives fear that additional cuts to the federal government’s 340B Drug Pricing Program would hamper services their facilities provide to low-income patients, reports FierceHealthcare. Members of the C-suite at health systems in both rural and urban practice settings have voiced concerns over the possible loss of significant savings and what facing further reductions to the program would mean to their organizations and those in their care.