The community health needs assessment was part of the Affordable Care Act to ensure that nonprofit hospitals justify their tax exemption status, but as the Republicans look to repeal the law, that provision's future is uncertain.
The ACA has used financial incentives to encourage hospitals to experiment with ways to improve their care of patients, while reducing health care's cost. That sort of experimentation has included a sizable upfront investment by many hospitals.
Experts will convene at the HIMSS and Healthcare IT News event to discuss best practices for cybersecurity, fending off attackers, sharing threat intelligence, learning from the dark web, grappling with budget realities and more.
Insurers and employers have tried to nudge consumers toward using retail health clinics for minor incidents, but new research found a very slight decrease in ED visits, and even that is only among privately insured patients.