By the Numbers
For The Record
Vol. 33 No. 3 P. 34
Over the course of the pandemic, emergency department (ED) visits have dropped, but those patients that do visit the ED tend to be sicker, according to research published in Epic Health Research Network. At the onset of the pandemic, weekly ED visits dropped to this percentage of predicted visit volume and remained approximately 30% lower than model prediction through the second half of 2020. Meanwhile, the hospital admission rate from ED visits rose to 55% above the predicted rate and remained 20% to 30% higher than predicted in the second half of the year.
According to HEALTHeLINK’s 2020 report, the Western New York–based health information exchange has sent this number of COVID-19 alert notifications to its connected health care organizations since March 2020.
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions reports that its fourth-quarter 2020 generally accepted accounting principle (GAAP) revenue was this amount compared with $414 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, and non-GAAP revenue was $415 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared with $452 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. Its GAAP net income in the fourth quarter of 2020 totaled $728 million compared with net loss of $19 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, and non-GAAP net income in the fourth quarter of 2020 was $45 million compared with $28 million in the fourth quarter of 2019.
The Houston Chronicle reports that a Houston physician was sentenced to five years in prison for fraudulently billing Medicare for this amount. The physician also must pay $9.5 million in restitution.
This percentage of provider organizations said they often or nearly always had access to needed records in 2020, up from 28% in 2017, according to an interoperability report by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and KLAS Research.
The Office for Civil Rights has settled HIPAA Right of Access cases with 16 different providers totaling this amount since its first case in September 2019, according to Becker’s Hospital Review.
In 2020, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania–based Universal Health Services lost $67 million resulting from a cyberattack and had expenses due to COVID-19, but also received $413 million in grant revenue from the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act and other government aid, ending the year with a profit of this amount, reports Becker’s Hospital Review. In the fourth quarter of 2020, Universal Health Services recorded a net income of $308.7 million on revenue of $3.1 billion compared with a net income of $245.2 million on revenue of $2.9 billion in the fourth quarter of 2019.
According to the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, athenahealth has agreed to pay this amount to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by paying illegal kickbacks (such as inviting prospective customers to all-expense-paid trips) to generate sales of athenaClinicals.