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NCQA Preps Specialists for Patient-Centered Medical Homes

Scott Mace

Public comment wraps up this week on a major effort to extend the patient-centered medical home into specialty practices. The Specialty Practice Recognition standard will close the information loop between physicians, and is a key to expanding the PCMH concept. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

89 ACOs Open for Business

The launch of 89 accountable care organizations in 40 states on July 1 means more than 2.4 million Medicare beneficiaries are receiving care from shared savings ACOs, federal officials say. >>>

Healthcare Creates 169K Jobs Halfway Through 2012

The healthcare industry created 13,000 jobs in June, a significant drop from the sector's 33,300 new jobs in May. Nevertheless, Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that the sector created nearly 19% of all jobs created in the overall economy so far this year. >>>

Consumer Reports Rates Hospital Safety

The consumer publication's new hospital rating system uses only publicly available data, including patient experience data, and is aimed at hospital CEOs and boards as well as healthcare consumers. >>>

Building a Top Cath Lab in 10 Not-So-Easy Steps

The interventional cardiology program at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York handles almost 20,000 cases per year with very low complication and mortality rates. Critical to the program's success is a set of 10 protocols captured in a 150-page book. >>>

Medicaid Expansion Now in States' Hands

Hospital groups are weighing their options in states that are unwilling to expand their Medicaid programs under a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Healthcare leaders are also keeping a close eye on efforts by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to encourage states to increase Medicaid coverage. >>>



NEW Intelligence Report

Clinical Quality—Data is the Key to Survival

Healthcare organizations today overwhelmingly track clinical quality outcomes and patient safety metrics. While 76% are implementing EHRs, however, only 44% say the systems benefit patient safety, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report or Premium version with exclusive research and analysis. >>>



News Headlines

PA pushes direct messaging for health data exchanges

InformationWeek, July 10, 2012

Health Information Partnership for Tennessee to close

The Commercial Appeal, July 10, 2012

Cracks appear in Republican unity on health law repeal

The New York Times, July 10, 2012

When states opt out of expanding Medicaid

The Atlantic, July 10, 2012

Brawling over healthcare moves to rules on exchanges

The New York Times, July 9, 2012

EHR implementation still costs too much

InformationWeek, July 9, 2012

Opt-in policy best for HIE patient privacy

InformationWeek, July 6, 2012

When patients demand tests and prescriptions, doctors should think twice

The Washington Post, July 5, 2012



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LIVE Webcast: 2 Proven Strategies to Reduce Nurse Labor Costs

Date: July 24, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
How do you reduce nurse labor expenses—one of the top expenditures at every hospital—without sacrificing quality of care? Learn how to optimize nurse schedules for maximum cost savings, create a deep float pool, and drastically cut the need for staffing agency nurses. Nurse leaders from St. Francis Hospital and other industry experts provide proven tactics in this customized webcast.



From HealthLeaders Magazine

 

Shaping Sustainable Cost Control

Successfully shifting from tactical to strategic expense reduction has become a healthcare industry imperative. >>>

 

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Creeping Toward Care Coordination



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