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Texas Braces for Medicaid Status Quo

John Commins

By opting not to expand Medicaid, Texas is passing up an estimated $6 billion in federal funds over the coming decade, leaving its healthcare providers, especially hospitals, in a tough financial spot. Rural care facilities are especially vulnerable. >>>

 

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Datapalooza: HHS Unveils Medicare Outpatient Costs

Healthcare cost data released by the federal government Monday includes estimates for average hospital charges for 30 types of outpatient procedures. >>>

AHA Defends Hospital Consolidations

The volume of mergers and acquisitions in healthcare is "consistent with efforts to try to achieve economies of scale...and changes in demand and particularly to realign and enhance services," says a report from the American Hospital Association. >>>

How to Get a Handle on ED Overcrowding

A projected increase in emergency department volume within the next three years means hospitals need to get to work now to implement better patient flow schemes. The need is urgent because how patients move through the ED has significant financial implications throughout the rest of the hospital. >>>

Infection Expert: Don't Rush to Change MRSA Protocols

Hospitals should continue to conduct routine risk assessments to determine how well their infection control strategies are working before rushing to adopt a highly touted and possibly costly new protocol, says a member of the board of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. >>>

This Hospital Infection Don't Get No Respect

Catheter-associated urinary tract infections are the Rodney Dangerfield of nosocomial infections. Too many nurses and doctors are inserting Foley catheters without sufficient regard for what is a potentially dangerous invasive device. >>>

Revamp Nurse Staffing Policies and Cut Costs

The more disordered a nursing unit is with its staffing, the more turnover and costs will go up. A thorough assessment and overhaul of scheduling, tracking, and staffing policies can put an end to the chaos. >>>

Wellness Initiatives Are Going Down the Drain

In the news this week: Workplace wellness initiatives aren't paying off, Sebelius finds her zen, and hospital staff still aren't washing their hands. >>>

A Cash-Raising Healthcare Real Estate Strategy

Some enterprising hospitals and health systems are reevaluating their real estate strategies and selling medical office buildings as a way of accessing capital. >>>



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Date: June 17, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Learn how to successfully integrate Health Information Exchange (HIE) technology into existing organizational workflows using real-world examples and best practices. Participate in an interactive Q&A with leading IT experts from Atlantic Health and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

The future of getting paid to be healthy

The Atlantic, June 5, 2013

Hospital's prototype mobile app delivers medical info directly to patients

Boston.com, June 5, 2013

Patients warm to nurse practitioners, physician assistants

Forbes, June 5, 2013

Doctors, hospitals, unions push to stop Medi-Cal cuts

The Sacramento Bee, June 5, 2013

FL hospital takes a step toward price transparency

Time, June 4, 2013

Hospital CEOs see double-digit pay hikes

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 3, 2013

Midlevel healthcare providers seen as part of the solution

Knoxville News-Sentinel, June 3, 2013

Trapped in the hospital bed

The New York Times, June 3, 2013

Health law spared young adults from high hospital bills

NPR / Kaiser Health News, May 30, 2013

Healthcare is spread thin on Alaskan frontier

The New York Times, May 30, 2013



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