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High Insurance Costs Linked to Abundance of Complex Choices

Philip Betbeze

While executives at small companies might believe their escalating insurance costs are attributable to pre-existing conditions and bad lifestyle choices by their employees, award-winning research shows that is only part of the problem. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Hospitals Could Save $9 Billion Under EFT Rules

Interim final rules governing the use of healthcare electronic fund transfer standards and electronic remittance advice operating rules are projected to save providers billions of dollars in administrative costs over 10 years, says the Department of Health and Human Services. >>>

Slideshow: 3 Hospital Rankings Compared

See how top hospitals measure up across three ratings systems. We compare hospital safety scores from the Leapfrog Group and Consumer Reports alongside the overall rankings of U.S. News & World Report's 17 top-rated hospitals. >>>

Parkland Makes Progress on CAP, but Safety Concerns Remain

Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas has completed about 70% of the tasks on its corrective action plan, according to a report filed by an independent safety consultant. "Adverse quality and safety events," however, persist, the report says. >>>

Hospitals Opting for Palliative Care

Palliative care programs, which require a low start-up investment and offer promising ROI, have increased 125% over the past decade. But this facet of patient-centered care is among the least understood service lines, not only among patients, but also among hospital staff. >>>



News Headlines

U.S. hospital companies seen under microscope as costs targeted

Chicago Tribune / Associated Press, August 10, 2012

Ascension Health signs new deal with embattled debt collector

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 10, 2012

Cerner: 'human error' caused loss of access to patient records

The Commercial Appeal, August 10, 2012

8 ACOs worth a closer look

InformationWeek, August 9, 2012

MA governor signs new healthcare cost measure

The Boston Globe, August 7, 2012

Big Med: Can hospital chains improve the medical industry?

The New Yorker, August 7, 2012

Hospital chain inquiry cited unnecessary cardiac work

The New York Times, August 7, 2012

Highmark chief builds staff with former UPMC colleagues

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 6, 2012

Doctors, hospitals concerned about hefty malpractice awards in MD

The Baltimore Sun, August 6, 2012



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Multimedia/Events

Webcast: Going Mobile—Defining Strategy and Establishing Metrics

Date: August 28, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Mobile solutions provide new ways to serve patients, improve efficiency, and deliver greater value. Discover how Swedish Medical Center, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, and Mercy Health have built mobile strategies that advance their business goals and how you can too. Get proven strategies from industry leaders in a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access. >>>


Intelligence Report: Patient Experience and HCAHPS—Little Consensus on a Top Priority

While 84% of health leaders rank "patient experience" among their top three priorities, less than half of them are making patient experience-specific investments. This original research and analysis, produced with support from Medseek, offers key insight from top healthcare executives, including new case studies from CaroMont Health, Gundersen Lutheran Health System, Inc., and Provena Health. >>>




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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