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  April 24, 2013 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

In Wake of Bombings, How Hospitals Are Communicating

Marianne Aiello

In the aftermath of the marathon bombings, hospitals in Boston have been using Facebook to communicate with patients, family, and staff.  The social media tool is proving to be a powerful way to communicate in a time of crisis. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Consumer Reports Expands Hospital Ratings List

Almost two-thirds of the nation's 258 teaching hospitals that report enough data to calculate a safety score ranked below average, the director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center says. >>>

CHI's Acquisition of St. Luke's Episcopal Health Detailed

As part of a deal to acquire with Houston's St. Luke's Episcopal Health System, Catholic Health Initiatives will contribute more than $1 billion to create a foundation that will serve the area's underserved population. >>>

Outpatient Growth Must Keep Pace with Population

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. >>>

Hospital Compare Adds Interactive Data

The latest upgrades to the federally operated Hospital Compare website include embedded spreadsheets containing data on a variety of new measures such as readmissions and value-based purchasing scores for nearly 3,000 hospitals. >>>

Health Plan's Secret Sauce is Social Media

Magellan Health Services has found a surprising way to not only engage patients, but to change the behaviors that contribute to their health problems. In the pilot program, Magellan reduced readmission rates and exceeded its engagement goals. >>>

Hospital 'ACE' Teams Curb Adverse Events, LOS, Costs

Acute Care of the Elderly teams that target the complex needs of frail, elderly patients can result in fewer adverse events and shorter lengths of stay, researchers find. >>>

Big Data Contest Looks to Solve Healthcare Puzzles

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. >>>



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News Headlines

Racing to spread word about new health plans

The New York Times, April 24, 2013

Mayo's Destination Medical Center proposal unveiled

The Post-Bulletin, April 24, 2013

FL compounding pharmacy recalls sterile drugs

Boston.com / Associated Press, April 23, 2013

Lincoln County Healthcare seeks to merge hospitals

Bangor Daily News, April 23, 2013

New healthcare law tax surprise

NBC Bay Area, April 22, 2013

Patients sue upstate NY hospital over records security breach

The Business Review / BizJournals.com, April 22, 2013

Seniors get hung up in healthcare scams

Kaiser Health News / NPR, April 22, 2013

Charlotte doctor settles Medicare fraud case

Charlotte Observer, April 19, 2013

Patient satisfaction may not be a good indicator of surgical quality

Kaiser Health News, April 19, 2013

Iowa Health System is now UnityPoint Health

The Messenger, April 18, 2013



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