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Upside of Hospital Downsizing is More Focused Care

Marianne Aiello

Salt Lake City's LDS Hospital lost 200 beds and some of its key services. But it gained much by improving its remaining services and working to create "care as individual as each patient."   >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Consumer Reports Names Top-Ranked Health Plans

In an annual list compiled by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, nonprofits once again claimed every spot on the top 10 list of private plans. Among the major for-profit health insurers, only Anthem cracked the top 30. >>>

Pronovost Calls for an 'SEC' for Healthcare Quality

One of the nation's top quality leaders, Peter Pronovost, MD, characterizes the proliferation of quality and patient safety rankings as "confusing," in part, because they "measure different aspects of care. And none of them are really audited, like financial reports." >>>

Physicians' Stance on Nurse Practitioners is Dangerous

By saying that 'substituting NPs for doctors cannot be the answer' to the nation's primary care shortage, the American Academy of Family Physicians suggests that there are two classes of care. And therein lies the danger to our system of healthcare. >>>

Healthcare a Seedbed for Analytics Research

The healthcare industry, which has long trailed other industries in its use of analytics, is a leader in research on natural language processing, artificial intelligence, and genomics, fueling advances in areas such as decision support. >>>

Antibiotic Use, Costs Show Wide Regional Variations

A report finds large differences in antibiotic prescribing practices in outpatient settings by state and by region, with the highest rates found in the South. The variation may be explained, in part, by the efforts of health plans to reduce the use of antibiotics without indication. >>>

Mandatory Flu Shots Mean You're Serious About Patient Safety

Healthcare leadership is supposed to be about putting patients first. It's shocking that any organization that purports to be in the business of helping patients would not mandate flu vaccines for its employees. >>>

 

Intelligence Report

Physician Alignment—Integration over Independence

Nearly 70% of healthcare leaders anticipate the number of employed physicians to grow by more than 5% over next three years. Learn how healthcare leaders are ensuring alignment as the shift from independent to employed physicians accelerates. This original research and analysis, produced with support from MedSynergies, offers key insight from top healthcare executives, including new case studies from Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Gadsden Riverview Regional Medical Center, and Vanguard Health Chicago.

News Headlines

6 in 10 Physicians Would Quit Today

HealthLeaders Media, September 26, 2012

Branding healthcare exchanges to make the sale

NPR, September 26, 2012

Feds want wider use of health records applet

InformationWeek, September 26, 2012

Health insurers begin to provide user-friendly plan guides

Reuters, September 25, 2012

Trauma centers springing up as profits rise

USA Today / Kaiser Health News, September 25, 2012

New system for patients to report medical mistakes

The New York Times, September 24, 2012

MD Anderson center launches all-out push against 8 cancers

The Tennessean / Associated Press, September 21, 2012

USF forms health system, announces partnership

The Ledger, September 20, 2012

Atul Gawande's 80% Healthcare Solution

HealthLeaders Media, September 20, 2012

5 Big Ideas from WellPoint's PCMH Pilot

HealthLeaders Media, September 19, 2012

Obesity Fight Needs Non-traditional Partners

HealthLeaders Media, September 19, 2012



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