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Extending Access to Primary Care Cuts Costs 10%

Chelsea Rice, Associate Editor for HealthLeaders Media

Primary care practices that offer evening and weekend appointments can capture business that might otherwise go to urgent care centers or emergency departments. But at what cost to employees and staff? >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Readmissions Trigger ID'd by Geriatric Experts

Researchers say hospitalization-associated disability, a deterioration of functional abilities in some patients, occurs "even when the illness that necessitated the hospitalization is successfully treated." >>>

Countdown to ICD-10 is On

The Department of Health and Human Services decision to delay the compliance date for ICD-10 to October 1, 2014 was based on knowledge that significant numbers of healthcare organizations would not meet the original deadline. Don't expect another delay. >>>

U.S. Trails in Adopting Value-based Healthcare

Of 12 countries evaluated, Sweden is the most advanced at implementing approaches to better controlling healthcare costs by improving outcomes while maintaining or lowering cost, says a study. The high costs and fragmented nature of the U.S. healthcare system are cited as reasons why it lags. >>>

1 in 3 Medical Directors in Line for Bonus Pay

As hospitals move from fee-for-service toward value-based care, medical director contracts for physicians will be increasingly lucrative, a compensation survey suggests. Sixty percent of hospitals reported spending at least $500,000 in medical director compensation in 2011. >>>

ACEP: Frequent ED Users Need Coordinated Care

High repeat users of emergency department services cannot easily be redirected to less expensive care, so managing these patients better is "a community resource issue," says the president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. >>>

Comparative Effectiveness Research Not Aligned with Financial Incentives

Payment incentives so great that they can "sway decision-making at the point of care," are slowing the adoption of comparative effectiveness research by physicians and patients, a RAND researcher says. >>>



Intelligence Report

Cost Containment—Targeting Cuts, Enhancing Efficiency and Using IT

89% of healthcare executives lack the integrated clinical and financial data they need to target cost savings. Healthcare leaders who have cut millions in costs reveal how to improve efficiency through process improvements and targeted cuts based on hard data. This original research and analysis, offers key insight from leading organizations, including new case studies from Beaumont Health System, Pocono Health System, and Southwest General Health Center.



News Headlines

Hepatitis C patient upset with hospital over legal tactics

Seacoastonline.com, October 15, 2012

Alabama hospitals struggle with Medicare reimbursement system

The Anniston Star, October 15, 2012

To limit healthcare costs, Olive Garden parent tests part-time status

The Washington Post, October 12, 2012

Future of healthcare hinges on election

Sacramento Bee / The New York Times, October 12, 2012

Discussions ongoing with private healthcare firms after LSU cuts

The Republic / Associated Press, October 12, 2012

$123M settlement reached in class-action pedophile pediatrician lawsuit

The Washington Post, October 11, 2012

Patient navigators find a role

The Cleveland Plain Dealer, October 10, 2012

Community health clinics to feel impact of hospital cutbacks

WVUE - New Orleans, October 9, 2012

McAllen doc alleges Houston hospital filed erroneous report

The Southeast Texas Record, October 9, 2012

Some OK prison doctors have less-than-spotless backgrounds

The Oklahoman, October 9, 2012



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