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CEO at Center of Meningitis Outbreak Speaks

Philip Betbeze

Dawn Rudolph, president and CEO of the Nashville hospital at the epicenter of a meningitis outbreak explains how she is managing through one of the biggest prescription drug debacles in recent memory. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Labor Efficiency Emerges as Cost Containment Measure

In most hospitals, labor is the largest single expense, but not an attractive target for cost cutting. But using labor more efficiently, by benchmarking, identification of variances, and process engineering, can make a dent. >>>

Dive into Bundled Payments or Wait?

Bundled payments may be the reimbursement model of the future, but many healthcare CFOs are waiting on the sidelines. A bundled payment trial by 21st Century Oncology and Humana for radiation therapy could show the way. >>>

SGR Repeal Plea Backed by 110 Physician Groups

In a letter to the Senate Finance Committee, scores of physician groups plead for repeal of the sustainable growth rate formula, which would cut doctors' Medicare pay by 27%. >>>

Health Courts Would Curb 'Staggering Waste,' Attorney Says

A Washington attorney argues for the creation of administrative health courts as "the only way you get rid of defensive medicine." Written rulings by judges would curb the cost of malpractice litigation, he says. >>>

Medical Harm Complaints Could be Data Goldmine

A pilot project proposed by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality may unleash a torrent of patient gripes, but may yield valuable data from which providers can learn about medical errors and patient safety. >>>

Q&A: Mountain States Health CEO on Patient-Centered Care

Dennis Vonderfecht explains his health system's decade-long, award-winning journey toward patient-centered care. Getting there meant shifting away from a staff-centric culture to one that puts patients and their families first. >>>



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News Headlines

Lapses at big drug factories add to shortages and danger

The New York Times, October 19, 2012

PA health insurance exchange plan stalls

Bloomberg / Associated Press, October 19, 2012

Stressed hospital workers get admitted more for obesity, depression, asthma

Michigan Live, October 19, 2012

Opinion: Healthcare waste deconstructed—fraudsters and patients aren't the problem

Bangor Daily News, October 19, 2012

Sacramento is test market for healthcare contracting, payments

Sacramento Business Journal, October 18, 2012

Interoperability initiative poised to transform healthcare

InformationWeek, October 18, 2012

Get patient data out of silos

InformationWeek, October 18, 2012

1 in 3 Healthcare Workers Skip Flu Shots

HealthLeaders Media, October 18, 2012

CMS Names Medicare Advantage Plan Stars

HealthLeaders Media, October 17, 2012

Why private Medicare plans don't cost less

The New York Times, October 17, 2012



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Placing Your Bets

Value-based care is here and standing pat is not a viable option. Yet healthcare leaders face substantial risks for generations to come as they develop new businesses and clinical relationships to gain tighter control of the care continuum. >>>

 

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