Findings from a survey conducted by Chicago-based Grant Thornton LLP indicate that 38 percent of healthcare CFOs and senior comptrollers say their organization will increase hiring in the next six months.
That figure, says the company, is 14 points higher than the national number. In addition, more than half (52 percent) plan to reduce bonuses and half (51 percent) believe the U.S. economy will improve in the next six months. In terms of pricing pressure, healthcare CFOs are overwhelmingly concerned about the cost of employee benefits (83 percent), such as health care and pension costs. Not surprisingly, 41 percent report that their company is reducing health care benefits and 21 percent are reducing 401K matches.
Grant Thornton LLP conducted the biannual national survey from Sept. 21 through Oct. 2, 2009, with 846 CFOs and senior comptrollers from public and private companies, of which 72 were from healthcare.
With the aim of improving patient safety monitoring, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently developing and testing an improved patient safety surveillance system.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is awarding $210 million to Seattle-based University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative, with the funds going toward the construction of a new building to serve as the initiative’s hub.
More than half (56 percent) of healthcare professionals believe their organization could be doing more to educate employees on HIPAA compliance and the rules around sharing protected health information.
The Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is partnering with DigitalGlobe to create the Health Equity Atlas Initiative (ATLAS), a platform that standardizes and maps population data in order to generate insights that address health inequities.