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Why Healthcare Costs Trillions Less in Canada

Cheryl Clark

Canada's government-paid healthcare system costs a fraction of the amount spent on Medicare. Researchers offer two main reasons, and say that quality of care apparently has not suffered in Canada because of its parsimony. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Why Red State Govs May Embrace Medicaid Expansion

Some governors who had been strongly opposed to direct federal aid for expanding Medicaid rolls are now taking a second look at it. "They have been hearing from providers in their states who are worried about uncompensated care costs," says one analyst. >>>

Real Patient Experience Doesn't Show Up in HCAHPS Scores

No matter how long you study your Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores, you don't really know what it's like to be a patient in your hospital until you are one. >>>

Employees Before Patients: Heresy? Or Management Gold?

Two authors, one of whom is a healthcare CEO, share lessons on workplace culture that they say require healthcare providers to first care for employees. The rest, they say, will follow. >>>

Beware Social Media's Pitfalls

Clinicians and patients, speaking in their authentic voices on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, can trump formulaic marketing materials. But the need to employ a metric ton of common sense and discretion is greater than ever. >>>

Rethinking Agency Nurses

Agency nurses are just as educated and nearly as experienced as permanent nurses and may be a good solution to the projected nursing shortage, a study says. >>>

Pharmacy Fungus Plunges Doctors Into 'Gray Zone'

There still are no clear recommendations for the proper course of care for patients exposed to or infected by the black mold or fungus linked to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy, researchers say. >>>

Better Patient Flow Boosts Physicians Group Revenue by $3.5M

By taking a page from Toyota Motor Group, FedEx, and the manufacturing world, the largest primary care physician group in Massachusetts is yielding a net gain of $1.75 million per year, after a gain in the first year of $3.5 million. >>>



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News Headlines

FDA Chief requests expanded authority over drug compounders

The New York Times, November 15, 2012

Proposed changes to UMC governance come under criticism

Las Vegas Sun, November 15, 2012

Utah lawmaker pitches health privacy bill

The Salt Lake Tribune, November 15, 2012

Clinton says his foundation to tackle health gaps

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, November 14, 2012

Hospitals ordered to do more to protect kidney donors

The New York Times, November 14, 2012

Many hospital patients get too much acetaminophen

Reuters, November 14, 2012

Legal drugs, deadly outcomes

Los Angeles Times, November 13, 2012

Do prestigious residencies mean better doctors?

The Atlantic, November 13, 2012

CA medical board steps up investigations of fake doctors

KQED / California Watch, November 9, 2012

Hospitals gamble on urgent care clinics to keep patients healthy

Kaiser Health News, November 9, 2012



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

 

Volume, Value, and Compensation Metrics

Although executive compensation is largely linked to financial metrics, there is a shift in healthcare as leaders are increasingly being measured on factors of quality outcomes and patient satisfaction. >>>

 

Senior Leadership Pay Continues to Rise

 

The Paths to Price Transparency



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