Health Care Reporting

Aug. 12, 2018 — The 2017 federal tax law may mean an added bill for a handful of nonprofits in Northeast Ohio. The law imposes a 21% excise tax on nonprofits that employ people with compensation greater than $1 million. In Northeast Ohio, this doesn’t have a widespread impact, but it will affect large institutions, like the health systems as well as Case Western Reserve University.

Telemedicine could soften geneticist shortage

July 15, 2018 — To help meet the growing demand for genetics services amid a national shortage of genetic providers, some health systems in Northeast Ohio have turned to telemedicine. Science has offered many more ways that patients can benefit from learning about their genes, and the cost of the technology has come down, helping to drive demand.

Clinic deepens global push with recent foray in China

July 15, 2018 — Cleveland Clinic’s recently announced foray into China is the latest in an ambitious global strategy that leaders say will benefit patients around the world, as well as those at home in Northeast Ohio.

University Hospitals is hitting mark with proton therapy

Researchers use crowdfunding to fill grant gap

New biorepository will be an ‘essential’ step for Cleveland Clinic

May 21, 2018 — Cleveland Clinic — in partnership with Brooks Automation Inc. — plans to build a 21,000-square-foot biorepository in Cleveland’s Fairfax neighborhood where researchers will study human tissue samples to advance personalized medicine and accelerate translational research.

Specialty hospital is Crystal Clinic’s next big step

March 25, 2018 — In mid-February, the physician-owned hospital announced it will invest about $100 million in building a 60-bed specialty orthopedic facility in Fairlawn to offer surgical and nonsurgical care. It’s been more than a decade in the making — and certainly a significant investment in a market dominated by juggernaut health systems with respectable orthopedic practices of their own.

Marijuana program needs physician buy-in

Ohio’s proposed Medicaid eligibility requirements could cost counties millions

Cleveland Clinic finances rebound in 2017

UH Ventures looks to encourage innovation

Clinic, Oscar exceed hopes

ABIA looks to move in a new direction

Jan. 28, 2018 — The Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron, founded in 2008, has never had a profitable year. Buoyed for years by philanthropy, membership fees and some support from Summit County, ABIA is looking at new sources of revenue as the nonprofit quickly erodes its fund balance, which, as of the end of 2016, was $4.6 million. That’s down from $11.6 million at the start of 2013.

Independent docs still see a path to success

Jan. 27, 2018 — Many docs are choosing to punt the regulatory headaches and administrative burdens of running a practice in favor of working for a larger hospital system that can handle that work for them. Northeast Ohio’s physician environment is, of course, fairly consolidated among the large health systems like the Clinic and University Hospitals, but many independent doctors believe this is a region where they can still practice and even thrive.

‘Avalanche’ of interest fuels growth for NOMS

Entrepreneurs providing know-how to bolster fight against drug abuse and addiction

Jan. 13, 2018 — If the growing opioid epidemic has taught us anything, it’s that solely traditional methods of combating the crisis will not solve the complex problem. To address such a significant, deadly problem, innovative thinking is clearly needed, said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency and chair of the Ohio Third Frontier Commission.

The Cosgrove era comes to a close

Dec. 10, 2017 — Dr. Delos “Toby” Cosgrove has always been in search of a better way to do things — for patients, for Cleveland Clinic, for its caregivers. In his near 30-year career as a cardiac surgeon, he would look at every step of the process, every stitch and think, “How can we do this better?” according to those who’ve worked alongside him in the operating room.

State Medicaid cuts could run deep in Northeast Ohio

Nov. 12, 2017 — A proposed cut to the state Medicaid reimbursement rate could mean a loss of up to 2,500 health care jobs in Northeast Ohio, advocates say.

Medicare Advantage plans gain favor as NE Ohioans age

Oct. 22, 2017 — As more of the population ages into Medicare, some health systems in Northeast Ohio are helping design insurance plans for seniors.

Cleveland Clinic strengthening its global grip

Oct. 7, 2017 — Cleveland Clinic is cautiously optimistic that the system’s new relationship with a group interested in building a hospital in China could develop into something more.

New specialty hospital slated for Beachwood

Sept. 17, 2017 — Cleveland’s competitive East Side suburbs will soon see a new hospital, but its developers say it won’t look or feel anything like one.

Local nonprofits rally to tackle the opioid epidemic

Sept. 9, 2017 — As the opioid epidemic continues to ravage Northeast Ohio, local nonprofits have found themselves on the frontlines. Those who for years have operated in the addiction treatment field say they’re trying to bring more awareness to the crisis and find the resources to bring on more staff to fight it. Other organizations not working in the traditional clinical space are looking at how they too can help curb the epidemic.

Summa presses on amid turmoil

July 2, 2017 — Community trepidation, tense provider relationships and tumbling revenues at Summa Health in Akron are making an already difficult job more challenging as interim CEO Dr. Cliff Deveny tries to right the ship after a tumultuous start to 2017.

Cleveland Clinic continues its march south

June 11, 2017 — The Clinic’s play in Tuscarawas County is a first for the health system, which has steadily inched southward, most notably with its full takeover of Akron General in 2015. South of Akron, though, the health care landscape has shifted significantly over the last few years, and with the entrance of a behemoth like the Clinic, even more intrigue — and competition — is coming to the area.

Country will be tracking Cleveland Clinic’s search for Cosgrove’s successor

May 7, 2017 — Because of Cleveland Clinic’s national prominence, the next person to lead the system will also help to steer the direction of health care delivery in the United States.
And the country will be watching the search.

University Hospitals, MetroHealth feel effects of trauma center

Dec. 11, 2016 — About a year after University Hospitals opened the region’s second Level 1 adult trauma center, the initial effects on both UH and MetroHealth — previously the only such trauma location — have been greater than expected.
UH was surprised by how many patients it saw, while MetroHealth took a greater hit to its finances than expected.

Health care ratings are a ‘confusing’ exercise

July 31, 2016 — Throughout the year, government agencies, news organizations, quality groups, nonprofits and for-profit companies scrutinize, squeeze and survey hundreds of metrics concerning hospital performance.
The result? A dizzying array of stars, percent scores, grades, rankings and ratings.

Who helps fix the caregivers?

April 10, 2016 — When MetroHealth trauma surgeon Dr. Amy McDonald has to tell parents their child has died, she wants nothing more than to sit with them, mourn with them and support them.
But then the next trauma victim comes in, and she has to help.

Northeast Ohio hospitals seeing benefits of bundled payment model

Feb. 14, 2016 — A new national contract could bring hundreds of patients from across the country to St. Vincent Charity Medical Center for bariatric surgery.
The draw? A new and growing payment model that links historically siloed charges into one bundled payment, incentivizing providers to keep costs down, giving insurance companies and patients an expected price tag and potentially improving quality of care.

Medicaid expansion has hospitals reframing their value proposition

Jan. 16, 2016 — With the expansion of Medicaid insuring more Ohioans, hospitals and health care providers aren’t having to provide as much charity care — simply because the number of uninsured patients needing providers to pay for the cost of their care is shrinking.

Faster than normal growth, staff turnover contribute to Wilmington VA delays

April 12, 2015 — WILMINGTON | The percentage of veterans waiting at least 31 days for care at the Wilmington Veterans Affairs Health Care Center has been double or triple the national rate for the past several months, according to data from The Associated Press.

Uncertainty prevails as college newsrooms navigate health care law

Aug. 18, 2014 — Student journalists typically don’t punch a time clock. They report, write, edit, design, proof, publish and promote their work on weekends, nights that stretch into mornings and in between classes.
Now, many are being asked to account for their hours. The changes are coming as employers begin implementing the Affordable Care Act and have the potential to upend the way newsrooms operate and how student journalists approach running out the door to cover end-of-the-week breaking news.

Brazil’s growing economy has citizens growing, too

April 2013 — Mauro dos Santos hops onto the blue and yellow walking simulator and moves in place, swinging his feet in a scissor motion. He steps off and crunches through the gravel to the leg press, lifting himself up and down on the resistance-based exercise equipment.

Barefoot Living

April 2013 — Early on an April day in 2011, Hannah Yackley stepped out of Johnson Hall onto the cool concrete and headed to her four classes like it was any other Tuesday. She skipped just one step in her morning routine: putting on shoes.

Plastic Surgery: More men OK with a nip here, tuck there

June 24, 2012 — When Dr. Robert Heck began to notice wrinkles in his forehead five years ago, he thought of all the patients he had treated with Botox. He decided it was his turn.
“I do Botox,” said Heck, 45, who works at Columbus Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery. “I tell all my patients I am full of Botox.”

Hospital open house reveals place for healing and fun

June 11, 2012 — Jennifer Ross, adorned with pink flowers and ribbons in her hair, ran to hug the giant wooden frog welcoming visitors to the ninth floor of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.