Hospitals

Carilion Clinic

Southwest Virginia’s largest hospital is about to get even bigger.  Carilion Clinic announced a major expansion Wednesday.

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Across Virginia there’s been an uptick in psychiatric admissions to hospitals, to the point where beds are filling up. Thursday a group from the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association rolled out some ideas on what can be done.

Five years ago, the federal government announced it would begin fining hospitals if Medicare patients were discharged but had to come back.  Experts argued there was little incentive to follow-up on patients, since medical centers would make more money if people were re-admitted. 

Some hospital administrators dreaded the change, but at the University of Virginia, they’re excited to report dramatic reductions in re-admissions.
 

As a result of not expanding Medicaid in Virginia, a new state Work Group is examining how to offset rising healthcare costs and the money it passed up from the federal government.  

This includes conducting an analysis of so-called “provider assessments”—which could tax hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities for specific services.

The provider assessments would enable Virginia to receive matching federal Medicaid dollars. Analyst Deborah Bachrach from Manatt says all of the potential models must follow the same guidelines.

Skype in the NICU

Sep 23, 2014

One of eight babies in this country is born prematurely.  Some will be under intensive care for months, while worried parents wait and wonder how their newborn is doing. 

At the University of Virginia’s Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit, nurses are trying something new to ease the anxiety of families and build trust with the medical team.  

Halima Walker sits in a rocking chair, holding her daughter Cora.  The baby was born at 23 weeks, weighing under two pounds and has been in neo-natal intensive care for more than 3 months.

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