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Episode-Based Payments: Finding A New Way to Pay for Quality Care
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
When looking for ways to pay for quality healthcare, we tend to look at two endpoints. On one end is fee-for-service, which often encourages volume over value and lack of care coordination. On the other end sits full capitation, which could encourage providers to withhold services to maintain profits. So what's in between? Think episode-based payments. [Read More]
January 21, 2010
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Relief will come to facilities waiting for their unannounced survey from The Joint Commission, as a new and more collaborative process begins to take place in 2010, the organization announced recently. The new process is designed to be more sensitive to the time demands on facilities and staff during the survey process. [Read More]

Safety-Net Clinics Improved Care, Limited Medical Debt Post Katrina, Says Study
Despite being disproportionately low income and uninsured, many safety-net clinic patients in New Orleans had fewer problems paying for care post Hurricane Katrina. There were also fewer cases of medical debt and inefficient care compared to most American adults, according to a new survey from the Commonwealth Fund. [Read More]

Joint Commission: Quality of Patient Care Improved in 2009
The U.S. has seen a steady improvement over the past seven years in patient care quality, according to The Joint Commission's latest annual report. The report, "Improving America's Hospitals: The Joint Commission's Report on Quality and Safety 2009," looks at heart attacks, heart failures, pneumonia, and surgical conditions, and provides evidence of improvements. [Read More]

Five Lessons U.S. Hospitals Can Take From Haiti
Although the earthquake in Haiti has resulted in extreme emergency response situations that may never be repeated in this country, U.S. hospitals can nonetheless take away points that might prompt revisions to their emergency contingency plans. [Read More]
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