UnitedHealth Group, WellPoint, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association are among the public and private payers partnering with the Department of Health and Human Services to detect and halt Medicare and other fraud schemes. >>>
Buoyed by two blockbuster deals, the dollar value of healthcare services mergers and acquisitions tripled during the second quarter of 2012 compared with business activity among physician groups, hospitals, and managed care firms during the comparable quarter in 2011, a report shows. >>>
Bruce Siegel, MD, CEO of the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, says he hopes the Department of Health and Human Services finds a way to persuade states to expand Medicaid. Otherwise, "hundreds of hospitals" will be impacted. >>>
A major update to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Hospital Compare website refreshes data for 30-day readmission and mortality rates. >>>
Within a year, the number of EHR users who are also using analytics will double. "It is a critical next step that organizations are moving to analytics, not just technology," says one health system CEO. "The value added from data is going to drive quality," says the CMO of another. >>>
States may apply for Health and Human Services funding from two separate pots depending upon their progress in planning systems to deliver coordinated care for the millions of people who are expected to receive health insurance coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. >>>
An Office of Inspector General report finds that 60% of adverse and temporary events nationally occurred at hospitals in states with reporting systems. But only 12% of the events met state requirements for reporting. And hospitals reported only 1% of the events. >>>
"If you were suckered into taking a job as a CEO of a hospital, that is a really bad choice, because you have a job that's impossible to do," Harvard Business School professor and author Clayton M. Christensen told attendees, only half-jokingly, at the American Hospital Association Leadership Summit. >>>
Annual readmissions and mortality rate data has been refreshed on the Hospital Compare website, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has also updated performance data for hospital-acquired conditions and outpatient imaging safety measures. >>>
The systems by which the nation's hospitals detect and quantify patient harm within their facilities can be summarized by the Tower of Babel cliché: It seems that everyone uses a different definition of what is a reportable adverse event. >>>
Healthcare is rich in data. The challenge for healthcare organizations is to make sense of the morass of clinical, financial, and operational information generated. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, four leading healthcare organizations—Brigham and Women's Hospital, St. Luke's University Health Network, Charleston Area Medical Center, and BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina—share insights and lessons learned. >>>
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