A new report, Health Care-Associated Infections, compares hospitals across the country in their efforts to reduce or eliminate two important types of infections. The report shows that while infection rates are falling as hospitals work to achieve zero occurrences, only 25 percent of hospitals meet that goal today.
Twenty national employers recently announced they have joined together to form the Health Transformation Alliance. The aim is to pool their data and market power to better control health care costs.
For years, we’ve heard that health care in our region is low cost (at least by comparison) and high quality. Turns out, that may be true for those who receive Medicare, but not necessarily for the rest of us.
Over the last year, my sister and I helped our mom move to Madison from Rockford, Ill. where she lived for the last 40 years. She’s 88 and has an array of health concerns; we all wanted to live closer together. While we knew that she was having some short-term memory issues, we didn’t realize until she moved that she had dementia, and perhaps Alzheimer’s.
The Alliance has joined a coalition to “Fight the 40” – a diverse, national consortium of employers, health plans and union groups organized by The American Benefits Council which aims to repeal the 40 percent excise tax slated to take effect in 2018.