Academic journal article Journal of Healthcare Management

Editorial

Academic journal article Journal of Healthcare Management

Editorial

Article excerpt

Access to quality healthcare is a precious benefit to possess. Being able to provide health insurance benefits that allow for that access, however, can be a prohibitively expensive proposition for employers and employees alike. As small businesses, especially, continue to be squeezed by high health insurance costs, they become more likely to drop this benefit, leaving employees without sponsored access to healthcare.

This issue's interview subject, James I. Rodriguez, FACHE, puts forward the concept of multi-share health plans as a vehicle for addressing this problem. He explains multi-share health plans and their potential for encouraging small businesses to offer employee health insurance coverage. In addition, he describes how accountable care organizations can best position themselves to recruit primary care physicians, and he shares his thoughts on the power of financial incentives in the Affordable Care Act to motivate people to obtain healthcare coverage.

In this issue's Patient-Centered Care column, Barbara Cliff, RN, PhD, FACHE, reinforces the centrality of leadership in initiating and maintaining patient-centered cultures. Our Efficiencies columnists, Vin Capasso and Michelle Johnson, note that the distractions and interruptions experienced by nurses during the administration of patient medications is a clear threat to patient safety as it increases the risk of medication errors. They describe a successful process improvement program aimed at eliminating interruptions during medication administration.

Dong Yeong Shin and colleagues examine the relationship between hospital payer mix and rates of electronic health record (EHR) adoption. …

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