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  May 17, 2012 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

Beyond HCAHPS, Patient Surveys Dig Into Functional Outcomes

Cheryl Clark

Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Provider and Systems surveys only go so far. Now specialty disease, procedure measure, and mental status questionnaires ask patients—on their own terms—to tell doctors the results of treatment regimens. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Feeding Tube Use in Dementia Patients Linked to Pressure Ulcers

The author of a study examining Medicare claims data for hospital patients with dementia who are treated with feeding tubes says, "we have the wrong financial incentives, and those incentives are doing more harm than good." >>>

Aetna Building National ACO Network

The health insurer is investing $1 billion to create a national network of accountable care organizations over the next five years. It already has 10 agreements in place and expects to have a total of 20 under contract by year end. >>>

Florida Blue Launches Oncology ACO

Florida's major health insurer has joined forces with two healthcare providers to form an accountable care organization dedicated to oncology. It is believed to be among the first specialty ACOs. >>>

Emphasis on Support in Decision Support

Clinical decision-support systems offer great opportunities to improve care and reduce costs, but healthcare leaders have to remember who's ultimately in charge: the human operating the computer. >>>

Doctor Fights Back Against Online Complaints

A plastic surgeon pursues litigation against a patient who anonymously complained on an Internet discussion site about a medical procedure. The action raises questions about First Amendment rights and how far physicians should go to defend their work. >>>



NEW Intelligence Report

Volume, Flow, and Safety Issues in the ED

As health systems try to improve their EDs, healthcare leaders are watching the financial framework with caution. About 80% say they expect their ED revenue margins will worsen as a result of healthcare reform and 78% say their reimbursement also will get worse, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis. >>>



News Headlines

Opinion: When competitive bidding hurts patients

The New York Times, May 17, 2012

Accretive Health asks for advice on collecting bills from Shalala, Leavitt

Pioneer Press, May 16, 2012

Data-mining in doctor's office helps solve medical mysteries

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, May 16, 2012

Patient died at New York VA hospital after alarm ignored

ProPublica, May 16, 2012

Study says hospitals discharging patients early to increase profits

WSFA / WAFF, May 16, 2012

Too few doctors for a growing TX population

San Antonio Express-News, May 16, 2012

Proton beams vs. radiation

The Boston Globe, May 14, 2012

Unintended consequence for dialysis patients as drug rule changes

The New York Times, May 11, 2012

Bill that would help curb drug shortages headed for vote

CBS News, May 11, 2012

FDA seeks less radiation for kids getting X-rays, CT scans

US News & World Report, May 11, 2012



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LIVE Webcast: Tactics for Valuing Medical Practices: Buying, Selling and Mergers

Date: May 31, 2012
About: From administrative issues to physician compensation, timing, and cultural fit, hospital and physician leaders must respond to the key motivations and market realities that come with buying or selling a physician practice. Get the strategies you need in a customized webcast with a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access. >>>



From HealthLeaders Magazine

 

Physicians, Hospital Executives Get Collaborative

Relationships between physicians and executive leadership have never been smooth, but they've never been more important. Now legislative and contractual changes are forcing both parties to reconsider how they work together. >>>

 

Pharmaceutical Robotics Require Careful Assessment

 

Hospitals Scrutinize ACOs



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