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IHI: Time to Get Serious About Healthcare Quality, Costs

Cheryl Clark

Keynote speakers at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's national conference urged healthcare leaders to crack the code on raising healthcare quality and reducing costs. Don Berwick, MD, did not mince words about where he thinks many of the improvements should come from. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Higher Readmission Penalties Linked to Low HCAHPS Scores

Hospitals that score the lowest on Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems surveys are most likely to be penalized the maximum 1% of their Medicare DRG payments, analysis finds. >>>

Medical Practice Costs Creep Higher

An MGMA-ACMPE report finds a "64% increase in total operating costs for multi-specialty practices" since 2001. In comparison, 2011 shows a modest 1.27% increase from 2010 for physician-owned practices. >>>

Is Technology Perpetuating Medicare Fraud?

The allegations by 60 Minutes that technology facilitated Medicare fraud at HMA raise sticky issues. Regulators vow to investigate, but a new set of government rules would be cumbersome, costly, and perhaps ineffective. >>>

How to Train Physicians on Patient Experience

All doctors—young or old, personable or grumpy—can be taught to more effectively communicate with patients and improve their hospital experience. And they must be, now that low patient experience scores can be tied to financial penalties. >>>

DLP Strategies for Securing Healthcare Data

One of the biggest threats to data within a healthcare enterprise comes from the ordinary movements of authorized personnel and the information they carry. To address this risk, healthcare executives are turning to a layer known as data-loss prevention, or DLP. >>>

Q&A: Don Berwick Reflects on Healthcare Reform, Part II

A year after leaving his position as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Don Berwick, MD, talks with HealthLeaders about death panels, the challenges of implementing healthcare reform, and Medicare and Medicaid fraud. >>>



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News Headlines

IHI calls for changes to make health law succeed

The Boston Globe, December 13, 2012

Medicare silver bullets: What's the best way to control costs?

Kaiser Health News, December 13, 2012

Uninformed patients tend to have more invasive surgeries

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 13, 2012

Feds probe brain operations at CA hospital

San Francisco Chronicle / Associated Press, December 12, 2012

OH hospital to resume kidney transplants

Star Tribune / Associated Press, December 12, 2012

Indiana HIE lets public see quality metrics

InformationWeek, December 12, 2012

NH hospital hepatitis problems, fixes detailed

Boston Globe / Associated Press, December 11, 2012

Times investigation: Dying for relief

Los Angeles Times, December 11, 2012

Cedars-Sinai says heart surgeon infected patients

Silicon Valley Mercury News / Associated Press, December 10, 2012

Patient data breaches: future looks grim

InformationWeek, December 7, 2012



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20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2012

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make healthcare better. >>>

 

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