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  October 22, 2012 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

Million Dollar Metrics: KPI That Builds the Bottom-line

Karen Minich-Pourshadi

How Virginia's Centra Health took control of its eligibility and enrollment data, and as a result cut uncompensated care by $9.1 million to save a total of $11 million. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

OIG Issues EHR Fraud Survey

Hospitals that have attained meaningful use status have only a few days to respond to an Office of Inspector General survey probing their electronic health record system data entry habits, security practices, and more. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

Preventable Error Reporting Hindered by Fear of Reprisal

"As attention to creating a culture of safety in healthcare organizations has increased, so have concomitant reports of retaliation and intimidation targeting staff who voice concern about... deficiencies," says a federal report >>>



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News Headlines

Sharing data a complicated step for healthcare

SouthCoast Business Bulletin, October 22, 2012

Cleveland Clinic patients frustrated by medical bills

The Cleveland Plain Dealer, October 22, 2012

Lawsuits by NC hospital chain drop sharply

The Charlotte Observer, October 22, 2012

LSU seeks advice in hospital system overhaul

The Advocate / Capital City Press, October 22, 2012

$2 million prize announced for blindness cure

The Baltimore Sun, October 22, 2012

Long in the red, Jackson Health System finishes year in the black

The Miami Herald, October 19, 2012

PA health insurance exchange plan stalls

Bloomberg / Associated Press, October 19, 2012

TN hospital laptop stolen with 27K patients' personal info

Knoxville News Sentinel, 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



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