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. >>>
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. >>>
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. >>>
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. >>>
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. >>>
The Care Transformation Prize Series will provide at least three quarterly prizes of $100,000 to teams that develop, using data analytics, the best solutions to healthcare challenges selected by the public. >>>
Patients' level of engagement is directly linked to their health-related outcomes. It's more than just good medicine—engaged patients with the same chronic illness had lower healthcare costs than their less-engaged counterparts, a study shows. >>>
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