Virginia Hospitals: Our Lifeline

The September-October edition of VHHA’s FOCUS publication takes a closer look at the recently launched Virginia Hospitals: Our Lifeline public awareness campaign. It highlights the serious financial challenges confronting Virginia’s local hospitals and health systems due to government decisions, and how those challenges threaten the thousands of jobs, billions in economic contributions, and vital public…

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Perilous Times: The Serious Financial Stress on Virginia Hospitals

The article in the August edition of FOCUS explores the financial challenges facing Virginia hospitals and health systems as a result of systemic factors such as growing charity care, declining Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, and federal funding cuts. Even as health care providers face these external financial pressures, they must simultaneously meet costly new government-imposed…

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Trustees & Quality, The Buck Stops Here

Governing boards of hospitals and health systems are examining their responsibility for the quality of care delivered in their organizations with new vigor in the context of recent attention to medical errors and patient safety and the proliferation of patient safety initiatives. Organizational performance improvement begins with effective governance. This article describes the legal and…

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Stroke Care in Virginia, Improvements Underway and On the Way

Hospitals and health systems constantly strive to improve the quality and safety of patient care. In Virginia, stroke care has received significant attention in recent years from providers, patient advocates and policymakers. Despite recent improvements, the Commonwealth has a relatively high level of stroke incidence and mortality compared to national averages. This article will describe…

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Preparing for the Unknown, Collaboration in Virginia’s Hospital Emergency Management Program

Hospitals have for many years had emergency plans. Historically, little was done to incorporate them into regional or statewide planning. However, that changed in Virginia before the events of September 11, 2001. Events like the first New York City and Oklahoma City bombings highlighted the need to coordinate private sector health care with community emergency…

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Measure Twice, Cut Once, Electricity and Health Care Regulation in Virginia

Strong negative experiences with electricity deregulation in other states, including soaring electric bills and rolling service interruptions, led the 2007 Virginia General Assembly to commit significant time and effort to addressing the Commonwealth’s own state of electricity deregulation. Consumer advocates, industry representatives and policy makers alike agreed that the deregulation plan of the late 1990s…

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Getting It Right, Responsible COPN Deregulation

Health care is one of America’s most heavily regulated fields. Government influences that defy free market principles, including federal unfunded mandates to care for emergency department patients regardless of their ability to pay and Medicaid rates that fall far short of the cost of care provided, often create barriers to sustaining essential health care services….

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