Hospital closures have been a point of trepidation in the healthcare community, as leaders worry whether patients will have access to needed care. But a recent Health Affairs study shows that things may not be as bad a previously thought.
Hospital volunteer programs have expanded significantly since the candy striper days. Today’s volunteers might be leading a band composed of mentally ill veterans, holding a dog walk to raise money, helping grieving teens cope with their emotions, or providing free counseling on the Medicare system.
Just over a year after Medicare’s huge physician payment data dump, the agency has released another trove of information, this time a breakdown on the prescribing and costs of drugs to Medicare Part D beneficiaries.
Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health recently built 4,200-square-foot child play zone with funding from the Teammates for Kids foundation, which country singer Garth Brooks co-founded. At Akron Children’s Hospital, a $200 million seven-story medical tower, named the Kay Jewelers Pavilion, followed a $10 million gift form Kay Jewelers to the hospital’s capital campaign.