Private Equity and Healthcare. Good, Bad, or Something in Between?.
At our upcoming research symposium exploring the impact of private equity on healthcare, we will be addressing overarching questions, including whether private equity is beneficial or detrimental to healthcare. This commentary seeks to provide a brief overview of why this line of inquiry into private equity exists. More
Caring for Care Workers: Post-COVID Labor Shortages in the Direct Care Industry.
Of the many professions disrupted by COVID-19, few have been as severely affected as that of direct care workers, especially those working in areas such as home healthcare and childcare. This work is essential for the rest of the economy to function properly; for example, more than 15% of mothers with young children left their jobs because of childcare issues in 2020, when the height of the pandemic forced widespread closures of childcare facilities. More
Meeting the Future Demand for Primary Care Service.
The primary care market in the United States has seen major shifts in recent years. Retail companies have expanded their footprint in the sector; for example, Amazon’s acquisition of One Medical means that the e-commerce giant owns and operates more than 220 primary care offices, offering a suite of virtual and preventative care services. More
Panel Recap: The Business of Women’s Health.
As the world continues to reimagine approaches to healthcare following the COVID-19 pandemic, key questions remain around women’s health and the provision of essential services that fall under this umbrella. Women were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, observing worse health outcomes, larger job losses, and higher rates of worker burnout. Even before the pandemic hit, however, the U.S. ranked abysmally low among advanced industrial countries on nearly every key performance indicator related to women’s health. More
North Carolina Nonprofit Hospitals and Community Benefit.
On May 11, 2022, Charlotte-based Atrium Health and Advocate Aurora Health, headquartered in Milwaukee, announced plans to merge their health systems. On Dec. 2, 2022, they announced the merger had been successfully completed after a brief delay in September by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board. More
Partnerships for Commercializing Medical Innovations.
Bringing a medical device to market requires startup founders to overcome challenges they may be ill-equipped to tackle. Alliances with former employers can help, but startups must carefully choose which markets they target. Read more in the latest Kenan Insight from the CBOH and Mahka Moeen, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Sarah Graham Kenan Scholar at UNC Kenan-Flagler. More
Expanding Access to Healthcare in North Carolina: House Bill 149, Takeways and Summarization of Bill Sections.
On June 2nd, 2022, the North Carolina Senate voted 44-2 to pass House Bill 149 Expanding Access to Healthcare. While H.B. 149 has gotten significant media coverage related to the Medicaid expansion component, the bill includes several significant changes that will impact state health policy and the business of health in North Carolina. H.B. 149 is composed of five sections: Medicaid expansion, work requirements for certain beneficiaries, certificate of need reform, modernization of nursing regulations, and health insurance reforms. More
Could Female-Specific Benefits Bring Women Back to Work?.
Women workers remain critical to the U.S. economy, but COVID-19 has only exacerbated a drop in their labor participation rates. In this week's Kenan Insight, our experts explore whether the move by more companies to offer benefits such as maternity leave, child-care services and access to fertility and family-planning services could help to reverse the trend and bring more women back to work. More
Measuring the True Value of Corporate Well-Being Interventions.
For more than a year, researchers across the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s (UNC) Kenan-Flagler Business School (KFBS) and School of Medicine (SOM) worked with Sharecare, Inc. (Sharecare) to establish a framework for measuring the true value of corporate well-being interventions and develop a measurement tool to quantify their impact over time. The goal of the research was to assess the value of implementing corporate well-being interventions to improve employee health and lower direct medical costs to employers. More
Competition or Conflict of Interest—Stark Choices.
The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has brought into focus the limits on flexibility and innovation associated with market consolidation in care delivery. While anecdotes about the ossification in care delivery predominate, broader economic indicators point to the negative outcomes of consolidation. More