Judy Faulkner, founder and chief executive of Epic Systems, has said she'll give virtually all of her wealth toward charities. Hospitals spend an average of 12.3% of their total expenses on community benefits.
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.