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. >>>
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. >>>
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. >>>
David L. Bronson, MD, immediate past president of the American College of Physicians, says that among physicians' toughest challenges are improving interprofessional relationships and "[getting] rid of the things that add no value in healthcare." >>>
Two out of three health system leaders say their top strategy for fueling financial growth is expansion of outpatient services. The trick is "to grow at the same market share with the [population] growth," says one senior executive. Market share increase is likely to be incremental—but even a small increase means a large raw number. >>>
Managed by volunteers who are considered part of the workforce, a hospital thrift shop in Illinois has raised more than $2 million over the last two years. But that's only part of the shop's value, which is seen as critical to hospital operations. >>>
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