REVIEW Magazine: Hospital Week (May 2017)

The Virginia Hospital  & Healthcare Association is pleased to release the latest edition of REVIEW Magazine to coincide with Hospital Week 2017 (May 7-13). This edition of REVIEW, a triannual publication, features stories from hospitals and health systems throughout the Commonwealth that spotlight health care quality and safety improvement successes, patient testimonials, and the exploits of compassionate,…

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REVIEW Magazine: Health Care Quality (January 2017)

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association is pleased to announce the relaunch of REVIEW Magazine as a triannual publication focusing on important health care stories happening throughout the Commonwealth at hospitals, health systems, and the Association. Virginia is blessed to have a high-quality network of health care providers that support public access to health care,…

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July 2014 Review – Coverage Gap Remains

VHHA’s hospitals and health systems worked to shape the many important health proposals on the General Assembly’s agenda during the 2014 “long session.” This summary describes final action during the General Assembly’s regular session on those measures with most significant impact on hospitals and health systems. Because legislators did not agree on a new 2014-2016…

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January 2014 Review – Health Care Center Stage

During the 2014 Virginia General Assembly Session, consideration will be given to providing health insurance coverage to uninsured Virginians. Clearly, VHHA members support finding some pathway to cover the 250,000 or more Virginians who lack coverage and could be eligible to participate in the state’s Medicaid program or some alternative solution tailored to Virginia’s needs. A feature of…

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August 2013 Review – Health on the Hill

The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was enacted with assumptions that health insurance coverage would expand. As an offset to coverage expansion, provider payments were to be reduced over time, presumably corresponding with increased levels of Medicaid, health benefit exchange or private sector insurance coverage. Those assumptions are unlikely to be met under current circumstances. Some…

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August 2012 Review – Palliative Care and POST: Enhancing End-of-Life Care in Virginia

  The American health care system is facing pressure to deliver high quality care at a reduced cost. As the population ages the need for health care services increases. Our health care system must seriously consider different models of care for those suffering from chronic progressive illness. Notably, more than 90 million Americans live with at least one chronic illness. Seven out of 10…

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April 2012 Review – The Value in Transparency

Hospitals and health systems often are called upon by the General Assembly, state agencies and the public to improve the quality of health care and control costs. While some success has been achieved, real change is difficult due to a lack of transparency between and among care settings and a dearth of meaningful, accessible data. For two decades, VHHA and its members…

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December 2011 Review – Clinical Integration: Road to Improving Virginia’s Health Care Delivery System

Amidst all the uncertainty and challenges facing the hospital and health system field, there are a few near certainties: Health systems are pursuing greater clinical integration and redesigning care processes to improve quality and efficiency. Payment reforms are coming that will require provider entities to assume more risk: from readmission penalties, to bundled payment options around inpatient stays, to potential episode-of-care models around a particular condition, to…

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August 2011 Review – Healthy Business Improving the Health of Virginia’s Workforce

Increasing efficiency. Raising the quality bar. Controlling costs. Maintaining a stable workforce. These words have been staples in the health care vocabulary for years. They are being uttered on a daily basis by someone in the health care field, but now they are being heard everywhere. National health care reform, the economy and the federal deficit and debt limit, to name a few…

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