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Reducing Readmissions Starts with Better Collaboration

Reducing Readmissions Starts with Better Collaboration

With Medicare upping the ante on hospitals to reduce readmission rates, pressure is mounting on hospitals to get the job done. Crafting collaborative relationships with community-based caregivers to boost patient care is key, researchers suggest.

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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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Partners HealthCare M&A Deal Under Scrutiny

Public comments filed on a proposed merger and acquisition pact in Massachusetts reflect the breadth of consolidation debates raging across the country.

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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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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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