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Your Secret Weapon in War on HAIs

John Commins

As the difficulties and costs of fighting hospital-acquired infections are better understood, health system leaders are beginning to realize the value of an underappreciated source. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

6 in 10 Physicians Would Quit Today

Downbeat survey results show widespread discontent among doctors, who are are choosing to work less and see fewer patients. If the trend continues, it is expected to amount to 44,250 full-time equivalents lost from the physician workforce over the next four years. >>>

1 in 3 Providers Avoid Flu Shots as Stakes Rise

Federal pay-for-reporting rules will require hospitals to submit influenza vaccination rates next year. The goal is to immunize 90% healthcare workers, but many hospitals and health systems are in danger of falling short. >>>

Family Physicians Rap 'Stopgap' Use of Nurse Practitioners

Advocating "independent practice by a single health professional," namely nurse practitioners in place of physicians, "flies in the face" of studies supporting the cost-effectiveness and quality outcomes of the physician-led care team approach, says the American Academy of Family Physicians. >>>

Health Insurers Betting on Urgent Care Centers

As insurers seek ways to control the price point at the entry level of the healthcare system, health plans such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Pittsburgh are turning to developing urgent care center networks. >>>

Upside of Hospital Downsizing is More Focused Care

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."   >>>

Physicians, Insurers Clash Over Medical Necessity in CA

Physicians and insurers in California are at legal loggerheads over questions about what constitutes proper medical treatment, and over the definition of a medical necessity. The conflict may have consequences nationwide. >>>

 

LIVE Webcast

Reboot for ICD-10: Lessons from UnitedHealth Group

Date: Oct. 22, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

 

With the implementation deadline confirmed, the transition to ICD-10 shifts into high gear. Now providers and payers must prepare quickly. Learn from UnitedHealth Group and other coding experts how to assess your organization's existing structure, create a transition process, and move toward compliance while meeting risk and cost constraints.

 

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News Headlines

West Penn Allegheny, Highmark deal unraveled gradually

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 1, 2012

States moving ahead on defining 'essential' health benefits

Kaiser Health News, October 1, 2012

A looming US doctor shortage

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, October 1, 2012

MD Blues chief blasts plan to shift hospital costs to insurers

Kaiser Health News, September 28, 2012

HCA plans could create 2,000 jobs

Louisville Business Journal, September 28, 2012

Rural MN retools healthcare in hospital mergers

Post Bulletin / Minnesota Public Radio News, September 25, 2012

Ex-NY hospital CEO charged with taking vendor kickbacks

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, September 27, 2012

Patients may suffer as doctors switch practices, health systems

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 27, 2012

Health insurance costs speeding up

The Washington Post, September 26, 2012

UMass Memorial Medical Center to cut 140 full-time jobs

The Boston Globe, September 26, 2012



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