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Insurer's App Aims to Lower Healthcare Costs, Securely

Scott Mace

Aetna will allow patients and providers to communicate directly via a mobile application that protects data privacy and indicates when care options are high cost, out of network, or present challenging payment arrangements. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Patient Harm Data to Remain on Medicare's Hospital Compare Site

An inaccurate media story about changes to Medicare's reporting on hospital-acquired conditions has sparked a flurry of criticism from patient safety advocates. Here's what's really going on. >>>

Quiet ORs Better for Patient Safety

Music at loud decibels can contribute to miscommunication among surgeons and nurses in the operating room, raising the risk of medical error, researchers say. >>>

Q&A: Catholic Health Initiatives' New Senior VP for Capital Finance

Nick Barto recently stepped up his role at the 80-hospital health system to increase CHI's focus on strategic finance in light of healthcare reform and the shift in patient volumes to outpatient settings. >>>

How Chargemaster Data May Affect Hospital Revenue

The now transparent federal database of hospital prices could motivate hospital financial assistance offices to write more flexible policies for collecting from uninsured, underinsured, and Medicare Advantage patients. >>>

Rural Healthcare Can Entice the Best and Brightest

Ali Chisti intends to pursue a career as an internist and a population health specialist providing care in underserved and rural areas—not as a neurosurgeon as he had originally planned. He changed his mind when he came to understand the gap in resources between rural and urban areas. >>>

CMS Seeks to 'Rapidly Reduce' Medicare Spending with $1B in Grants

The second round of federal Health Care Innovation Awards specifically seeks clinical models that will quickly shrink Medicare costs and improve care for populations with special needs as well as population health. >>>



Intelligence Report

NEW Intelligence Report: ED Solutions—Preparing for Increased Volume and Decreased Margins

Emergency Department overcrowding has increased by 22% since 2013. This original research and analysis offers key insight from top healthcare executives and clinical leaders on coping with patient volume while protecting the bottom line. Download Today >>>



News Headlines

15% of physicians declining EHRs

InformationWeek, May 21, 2013

IBM shows off latest healthcare work to lawmakers

The Washington Post, May 20, 2013

Helper robots are steered, tentatively, to care for the aging

The New York Times, May 20, 2013

When it comes to healthcare, it pays to shop around

Philly.com / Kaiser Health News, May 20, 2013

Contract ready for health data exchange in PA

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 17, 2013

Pills tracked from doctor to patient to aid drug marketing

The New York Times, May 17, 2013

Medical robot lets off-site doctors work quickly to diagnose patients

The Sacramento Bee, May 17, 2013

Seeking calm on the cancer ward

The New York Times, May 17, 2013

Health plans seek EHR data for new payment models

InformationWeek, May 15, 2013

How a FL med school cares for communities in need

NPR, May 15, 2013



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Multimedia/Events

Webcast: New Radiology Standards to Reduce Costs, Increase Quality and Improve Outcomes

Date: June 19, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Join radiology experts from Radisphere and NCH Healthcare System as they examine how standards-based radiology can impact fiscal performance, patient satisfaction and physician referrals. Register Today >>>




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