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Goodbye, Physician Relations; Hello, Business Growth

Marianne Aiello

When a Texas health system realized it needed to drive up volume in order to remain competitive, it looked to re-tool its physician relations strategy. If this model takes off, physician liaisons could soon be a thing of the past. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Low HCAHPS Scores at Safety Net Hospitals Examined

On nearly every measure of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey patient experience questionnaire, safety net hospitals scored 5.6 percentage points lower than their non-safety net counterparts, a review of survey responses shows. Researchers offer two explanations for the disparity. >>>

U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals List Shifts Methodology

This year, the magazine's algorithm for determining hospital scores gives less weight to a facility's reputation and more weight to hospital data that is publicly available, such as information collected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. >>>

To Cut Costs, Motivate Nurses, Take a Cue From Airlines

An online scheduling tool and a points-based rewards program helped a Georgia hospital resolve its ongoing staffing problems, cut nursing costs, and improve morale. >>>

ACOs' Real Test Will Come with Two-Sided Risk

The announcement this week of 89 Accountable Care Organizations is like a college acceptance letter: Great work so far, you got in, now the real work begins. The project's viability will be proved only when ACOs have to sign up for their second contracts, which will require two-sided risk. >>>

Parkland Reorg Designates Interim Leaders

A shakeup of the senior leadership team at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas leaves five of the top six positions filled with interim appointees as the search for a permanent CEO continues. >>>



News Headlines

Reform may hit hospitals harder than insurance

Indianapolis Business Journal, July 17, 2012

NH hospitals react to Exeter's Hepatitis C outbreak

The Eagle Tribune, July 17, 2012

When does an app need FDA's blessing?

NPR, July 17, 2012

Interactive PHRs make patients more proactive

InformationWeek, July 17, 2012

When public beats private: Community clinics that reduce costs and improve care

The Atlantic, July 16, 2012

Hospital growth aids AZ West Valley

The Republic, July 16, 2012

All MA maternity hospitals now ban infant formula gift bags

The Boston Globe, July 13, 2012

Insurers pay big markups as doctors dispense drugs

The New York Times, July 12, 2012

Steward Health Care's power play

Commonwealth Magazine, July 12, 2012

Montefiore Hospital tackles worrisome computer physician entries

InformationWeek, July 12, 2012

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Webcast: 4 Strategies to Transform Patient Experience

Date: July 26, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
Don't aim for just a good patient experience; Build an exceptional, sustainable patient experience. Get proven strategies from executives at MemorialCare Health System and Fauquier Health and other industry leaders on how to tailor the message for specific departments, improve patient experience beyond the walls of the hospital—even how to sustain a patient experience transformation. >>>



From HealthLeaders Magazine

 

Refocus: Building the Best Physician Team

As hospitals move from a fee-for-service to value-based world, leaders are exploring how to create a physician team of generalists, specialists, and subspecialists to best meet the new needs of care.  >>>

 

Financial Benefits of Telehealth

 

The New ICD-10 Deadline



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