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Transparency Rules at Mountain States Health Alliance

John Commins

Years of hard work toward improving quality and enhancing patient-centered care for patients by "being open and honest" has earned the 13-hospital not-for-profit health system a prestigious national quality award. Transparency starts at the bedside, says one executive. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Q&A: MA Lawmaker on Cost Containment

The Massachusetts senator behind the state's new law to rein in healthcare costs details the role providers and payers will play in the effort, and colorfully explains why it includes a provision to monitor whether the reforms will reduce defensive medicine. >>>

Patient Experience Journey Lacks Defined Direction

While survey data shows that 84% of healthcare leaders place patient experience among their top three priorities, having a high position on the list does not necessarily qualify patient experience as a budget-worthy activity. >>>

Physician Burnout Pervasive

In a study comparing levels of burnout and exhaustion among 24 physician specialty groups, 65% of emergency room doctors, 55% of internists, and 52% of neurologists indicated they were burned out. >>>

Developing High-Quality Patient-Centered Care

Sharp HealthCare in San Diego examined its methods, zapped redundancies, and created a successful and sustainable patient-centered care model. The key was building an orchestrated, consistent process. >>>

Medical Reasons for 'Weekend Effect' Elusive

A pair of studies supports the argument that patients admitted for trauma or surgery on a weekend are more likely to have poor outcomes than patients admitted on a weekday. Neither study, however, can identify a cause. >>>

Healthcare Cost Growth Steamrolls CPI

Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices show that per capita cost growth covered by commercial insurance and Medicare programs increased by 5.78% over the 12 months ending June. In the larger economy, inflation rose by 1.7% as measured by the Consumer Price Index. >>>

EMR Safety Warnings at CA Health System Echo Joint Commission's

Concerns about patient safety in the wake of an electronic medical records system implementation hearken to a 2008 report from the Joint Commission, warning that failure to quickly fix technology "engender[s] dangerous workarounds." >>>

What Drives Your Success? Maybe Not What You Think

If you lead a healthcare organization that's constantly touted as one of the highest quality or most innovative health systems in the nation, congratulations. Just make sure you're not fooling yourself about why that's the case. >>>



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Sustainable Patient-Centered Excellence: Lessons From Sharp HealthCare

Date: September 5, 2012, 9:00–12:00 p.m. PT

 

Sharp HealthCare leaders reveal the secrets that have enabled them to turn their patient-centered care initiative into a sustainable program that's ingrained in the culture, improves outcomes, and grows stronger over time. By combining their Sharp Experience performance improvement initiative with the Planetree Patient-Centered Care Model, they have built an organization of sustainable patient-centered excellence like no other.

 

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News Headlines

Rules to help Texans avoid surprise hospital bills are pulled

The Dallas Morning News, August 22, 2012

HI and healthcare: A small state takes a giant step forward

O'Reilly Radar, August 22, 2012

Few hospitals are part of ACOs, report says

Cincinnati Business Courier, August 21, 2012

Steward Health Care System moves to buy Mercy Hospital in ME

The Boston Globe, August 21, 2012

ANF to Nurses: Get Some Sleep

HealthLeaders Media, August 21, 2012

Hackers steal, encrypt health records and hold data for ransom

Bloomberg, August 17, 2012

US not-for-profit hospitals' outlook negative

Reuters, August 17, 2012

The night the ER staff can never forget

The New York Times, August 17, 2012

Must CMOs Always Be Licensed Physicians?

HealthLeaders Media, August 16, 2012

'Informed Decision' May Irk Surgeons as It Cuts Costs

HealthLeaders Media, August 16, 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. >>>



From HealthLeaders Magazine

 

Trying to Win Over Patients

Providing top-notch care is no longer enough. Healthcare leaders must now deliver a high-level patient experience or face the financial repercussions. >>>

 

Overcoming Interventional Radiology Turf Wars

 

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