Read the following articles to catch up with what’s been going in the healthcare and construction industries this week.
- According to a report released by the Government Accountability Office, 48% (nearly half) of all eligible hospitals received Medicare incentive payments for ‘meaningful use’ of EHR (Electronic Records) for 2012. This is particularly fantastic news as the rate of hospitals awarded with Medicare payments has gone up (more than 30%!) from 16% in 2011. You can read the full report here: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-21R
- According to the Wall Street Journal, while the construction industry is expected to grow in the next upcoming years (primarily being led by housing/residential construction), construction in the healthcare industry is expected to “remain flat.” Read the article here: http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20131025-910722.html
- According to this “research brief” at the Healthcare Design Magazine, including family areas inside patient areas may have considerable affect in promoting family presence and support. Read here: http://www.healthcaredesignmagazine.com/article/research-briefs-how-icu-room-design-affects-family-involvement-patient-care
- Finally, the controversy surrounding healthcare.gov won’t be resolved any time soon, according to a statement by the Obama administration that the website won’t be fixed until the end of November. Read more on this, on the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/healthcaregov-fixes-wont-be-done-until-end-of-november/2013/10/25/22df29ba-3d93-11e3-b7ba-503fb5822c3e_story.html