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Raise Your Palliative Care IQ

Joe Cantlupe

Hospitals are trying to overcome the economic and emotional hurdles of developing palliative programs. "When you net out all the cost savings, it's kind of cost neutral. It doesn't wind up costing a lot of money," says one advocate. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

When Physicians See Costs, They Act Like Consumers

When doctors are told the price of diagnostic laboratory tests, they respond like informed consumers and either order fewer tests or shop around for cheaper alternatives, a study shows. >>>

Doctor's Double-Billing Illustrates Broken System

A pediatrician's billing policies—and an insurance company's inability to negotiate better terms—perfectly highlight the difficult work in store for those of us who would like to see more value in healthcare. >>>

Hospitals Crack Down on ED Repeat Users

With renewed urgency, hospitals, healthcare leaders, and insurers are initiating strategies to curtail what is a growing problem: the use of emergency department services by patients who return time and again. >>>

Radiologists Push Back on Reimbursement Cuts

A 25% multiple procedure payment reduction to Medicare reimbursements for interpretations of advanced diagnostic imaging scans performed on the same patient in the same session is drawing the ire of radiologists. >>>

Gawande: Hospitals Profit When Surgeries Go Wrong

Medical complications in surgical patients generate profits for hospitals, a study led by Atul Gawande, MD, shows. But the American Hospital Association disputes the report's implications that hospitals aren't incentivized to avoid complications. >>>

Book Excerpt: Executive's Guide to Physician-Hospital Alignment

Having an alignment strategy and structure in place becomes the foundation upon which accountable care structures can be built. This book explores the benefits of alignment, alignment models and strategies, compensation strategies, legal and regulatory considerations, and alternative paths toward integration. >>>

CMS Mulls Use of Specialty Registries for Quality Data

Data contained in voluntary reporting registries, a growing trend in specialty care especially for surgery and other invasive procedures, may one day be folded into Medicare performance measures that assess quality of care. But there are some hurdles to clear first. >>>



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News Headlines

Lessons from military surgeries informed treatment of Boston victims

The New York Times, April 18, 2013

Why Boston's hospitals were ready

The New Yorker, April 18, 2013

Doctors flee Puerto Rico for US mainland

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, April 18, 2013

Intuitive's first robot-surgery trial to probe training

Bloomberg, April 17, 2013

Allegations of unnecessary procedures at Chicago hospital

St. Louis Post-Dispatch / Associated Press, April 17, 2013

Are some doctors too old to practice medicine?

The New York World, April 17, 2013

Hospital scene was like a battle zone

The Boston Globe, April 16, 2013

Marathon medical tent 'transformed into trauma unit'

Boston.com, April 16, 2013

Cleveland Clinic app helps connect patients, doctors

MobiHealthNews, April 16, 2013

Doctor-owned hospitals prosper under healthcare law

The Washington Post, April 15, 2013



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

Grounding the Frequent Fliers

Strategies to curtail the unnecessary use of the emergency department involve efforts that rely on data, care management, and patient involvement. >>>

 

Improving Surgical Quality

 

Bridging the Physician-Management Chasm



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