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Defensive Medicine Still Prevalent Despite Tort Reform

Defensive Medicine Still Prevalent Despite Tort Reform

A RAND study finds no evidence that tort reform laws are reducing the use of medically unnecessary defensive procedures and services, such as high-cost advanced imaging.

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Readmissions: No Quick Fix to Costly Hospital Challenge

A pair of research studies reveals high hurdles providers face as they try to reduce readmission rates and avoid reimbursement penalties.

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'Overtreatment' Debate Circles Back to Lung Cancer Screening

Low-dose CT screenings for lung cancer are either "something [lifesaving] that possibly changes the field," as one MD says, or are "incredibly flawed," as a CMS official puts it. But starting Jan 1, screenings must be covered by private insurance plans.

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House Calls Key to Pioneer ACO Success

Placing an emphasis on case management for patients with the most serious conditions and co-morbidities has paid off for two participants in the Pioneer ACO program.

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Slideshow: Patient Experience Transformation—Engaged Patients, Measurable Standards

This HealthLeaders Media intelligence report identifies the top areas where healthcare leaders are investing their patient experience dollars and offers examples of changes instituted by Mountain States Health Alliance and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

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