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$3 Million Health Puzzler Draws to a Close

Cheryl Clark

Now we wait and see if the Heritage Health Prize, one of the greatest predictive analytics challenges in the industry, has produced a winner from among the 1,600 teams that submitted entries. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Scores Predict Readmission Likelihood

Researchers say they have developed a formula that can identify roughly one-fourth of a hospital's patient population with the highest likelihood of being readmitted within 30 days. >>>

Intermountain Fined $25.5M for Stark Violations

Federal officials say Intermountain's self-disclosed violations centered on improper compensation arrangements with some physicians. Utah's largest healthcare provider says the violations were "primarily technical in nature." >>>

Mortality Rates at CAHs Ratcheting Higher

Researchers comparing 30-day mortality rates of CAHs and non-CAHs in urban and rural settings find that while rates on several key measures were comparable in 2002, CAHs have fallen behind significantly. >>>

CAH Study Author Defends Surprising Data

In an interview, Karen E. Joynt, MD, MPH, the lead author of a study suggesting that mortality rates in critical access hospitals are getting worse, offers her interpretation of the research findings. >>>

Physicians, Chiropractors Still Out of Alignment

Chiropractors and medical doctors have been clashing for years and there's no end in sight. The dispute may get nastier as the demand for spine care increases while the healthcare reform law promises to extend more reimbursement to DCs. >>>

Needlestick Safety Challenges Continue

A nonprofit coalition called Safe in Common is working to reinitiate safety efforts around sharps, believing that the healthcare environment has become complacent. >>>

Better Blood Use, Better Outcomes

Limiting blood transfusions to cases where it is really needed can reduce patients' adverse events, cut lengths of stay, drop hospital costs by millions of dollars a year, and even prevent mortality. >>>



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News Headlines

Cancer clinics turning away thousands of Medicare patients

The Washington Post, April 4, 2013

Doctors allege shuttling patients among hospitals put profit ahead of safety

Las Vegas Sun, April 4, 2013

Penn investigates doctor for inappropriate stents

The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 4, 2013

Senator: Hospitals profited on drugs

Charlotte Observer, April 3, 2013

Another vaccine fails to prevent staph infections

Los Angeles Times, April 3, 2013

End-of-life talks lacking between doctors, patients

Reuters, April 2, 2013

Opinion: The Starbucks syndrome in healthcare

Los Angeles Times, April 1, 2013

Hospitals question Medicare rules on readmissions

HealthLeaders Media, April 1, 2013

Sequester threatens medical education and patient care

Atlanta Business Chronicle, March 29, 2013

The costs of emergency room cost-cutting

The New York Times, March 29, 2013



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