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MD Health Enterprise Zones Seek to Reduce Costs

John Commins

Maryland's HEZs might pay for themselves if they improve access to coordinated primary care services and reduce costs through a reduction in hospital admissions, readmissions, and emergency room visits for otherwise non-emergent care. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

SGIM Calls for End to Fee-For-Service

Fee-for-service medicine is a financially unsustainable payment model that should be phased out by the end of the decade, a study commissioned by the Society for General Internal Medicine recommends. >>>

How Tablets are Influencing Healthcare

Tablet computers and other mobile technologies are overturning concepts of how clinicians use technology, raising work-life balance issues and having a beneficial impact on hospital IT budgets. >>>

Make Hospital Staff Accountable for Patient Experience

Over time, harried clinical caregivers can become desensitized to the patient experience. It's up to healthcare leaders to get them to do better. "This journey is non-negotiable and it's not optional," says one hospital executive. >>>

Better Care is the Key to Super-Utilizer Costs

Super-utilizer patients, also known as frequent fliers, create exorbitant costs for hospitals and health systems yet receive care inadequate to their needs. The failure is in project management rather than clinical delivery, says one physician leader. >>>

Energy-Efficient Choices Preserve Hospital Margins

Shrinking reimbursements may be here to stay, but healthcare CFOs are learning that energy-efficient solutions can help solidify long-term, sustainable cost reductions. >>>

Inside an ACO-Like Partnership

Independence Blue Cross and Abington Health have partnered under an accountable care payment model which pays physicians and hospitals "substantial sums" above the standard reimbursement rate when they meet quality and medical cost targets. >>>

Blood's Shelf Life May Be as Short as 3 Weeks

Red blood cells stored longer than 21 days are less functional than fresher ones, a small study shows. That's making blood banking organizations such as the Red Cross "really nervous," says the study's author. >>>



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Recruiting and Retaining Physicians for the Post-Reform Era

Date: March 22, 2013, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

Metro Health System and the National Association of Physician Recruiters share benchmark data and best practices to create the "right fit" for your organization when it comes to physician recruiting in the post-reform era.

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News Headlines

CDC warns hospitals about drug-resistant 'superbug'

The Miami Herald / McClatchy Newspapers, March 6, 2013

Feds plan pitch to uninsured

Politico, March 6, 2013

Health regulator issues subpoenas to 4 HealthSouth hospitals

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, March 6, 2013

MI nurses want minimum staffing levels

Michigan Public Radio / NPR, March 6, 2013

Healthcare spending is transferred out of ICU

USA Today, March 5, 2013

GAO reports billions in overpayments to private Medicare plans

The Hill, March 5, 2013

Panel recommends overhauling US doc payments

The Hill, March 5, 2013

Painkiller-abuse proposal divides healthcare community

Cleveland Plain Dealer, March 4, 2013

Providers Awaken to Day One of Sequestration

HealthLeaders Media, March 1, 2013

Legislation would let nurses practice independently from docs in NV

Las Vegas Sun, March 1, 2013



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

Tablets and the Influence of Connective Technology

Demand for devices such as the iPad and smartphone comes from clinicians and is having a powerful impact on healthcare delivery as the next wave of technology surges, but don't shut down your PCs just yet. >>>

 

Embracing Nontraditional Models

 

Conserve Energy to Preserve Margin



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