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Malnutrition, Long Neglected, Needs Doctors' Attention

Joe Cantlupe

Relatively common among hospital patients, malnutrition is often overlooked by physicians. But improving nutrition intervention procedures not only raises quality of care, it can also reduce both hospital costs and readmissions. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

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. >>>

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. >>>

ACO Shared Savings is Top Payer Partnership

The most prevalent arrangement for Medicare ACO contracting is 'shared savings upside,' or what is known within the industry as a one-sided risk model, survey data shows. >>>

Hospitals' Fear of 30-Day Penalties May Speed Hospice Admissions

An exception to federal 30-day mortality measures may incent hospitals to prematurely push patients into hospice care, says one critic, who calls it an unintended consequence of healthcare reform. >>>

Texas Braces for Medicaid Status Quo

By opting not to expand Medicaid, Texas is passing up an estimated $90 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. >>>

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. >>>

CDC: 1 in 5 Adults Used Emergency Department in 2011

The federal agency's findings, other data, and practical experience suggest that hospitals should brace for a pronounced increase in ED use in 2014 when the ranks of the insured are expected to expand, says a board member of the American College of Emergency Physicians. >>>

Rebranding a Medicare Advantage Plan Starts with Physicians

By working closely with its network physicians who are on the frontlines of demystifying health information for seniors, health insurer Cigna is doing things that could reap the company long-term marketing benefits. >>>



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Date: August 27, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

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News Headlines

Suburban NY hospital struggles to open after Sandy

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, June 6, 2013

Civil Service panel rejects LSU hospital layoff plans

The Times Picayune, June 6, 2013

EHR makers answer doctors' calls for mobile apps

HealthLeaders Media, June 6, 2013

KY doctor admits healthcare fraud for unnecessary heart stents

Indianapolis Star, June 6, 2013

Lawmaker blasts GOP's permanent 'doc fix' bill

The Hill, June 5, 2013

The future of getting paid to be healthy

The Atlantic, June 5, 2013

Pressure grows to create drugs for 'Superbugs'

The New York Times, June 4, 2013

The $2.7 trillion medical bill

The New York Times, June 3, 2013

Doctors often on board to help sick fliers

The Philadelphia Inquirer / Associated Press, May 31, 2013

For new doctors, 8 minutes per patient

The New York Times, May 31, 2013



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