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Why Vendor Credentialing is a Strategic Issue

Philip Betbeze

Intermountain Healthcare has become a big believer in automated vendor credentialing programs, not only as a patient safety and compliance issue, but as a way to make sure that vendors are meeting their business agreements. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Consensus Stirs for Medicare Reform

A U.S. House subcommittee's review of proposals to improve the Medicare program focuses on three recommendations, but simultaneously restructuring the benefit design, maintaining the average value of benefits, and producing Medicare savings will not be simple. >>>

Outpatient Preventive Care Efforts Lower Costs Only Marginally

Outpatient care coordination does not significantly reduce hospitalizations among high-cost Medicare patients, researchers say. Instead 90% of inpatient spending for those patients was "for treatment of conditions that you wouldn't think would be preventable by outpatient management." >>>

Tenet to Acquire Vanguard in Surprise $4.3B Deal

The deal to buy Vanguard will expand Tenet's footprint to 30 markets across 16 states. Charlie Martin, Vanguard's founder, chairman, and CEO, will join Tenet's board of directors, and Keith Pitts, Vanguard's vice chairman, will serve Tenet as vice chairman. >>>

Killer Metric Separates Good Hospitals From Bad

A hospital's low 30-day mortality rates for three key diagnoses might be an indicator of good survival rates for patients who receive hospital treatment for other conditions as well, researchers say. >>>

Stand-Alone Hospitals Wrestle With Financial Challenges

Make-or-break decisions about the future face financial executives from independent hospitals—insight from the HFMA ANI conference. >>>

Reform Puts a Squeeze on Revenue Cycle

Despite the prospect of millions of newly insured patients, many hospital and health system finance executives are not expecting healthcare reform to be a boon to their organizations' bottom lines. >>>

EHR Design Flaws Contribute to Patient Harm in the ED

Errors in patient care, attributed to electronic health record systems used in emergency departments, are "incredibly common," says a researcher. But vendor contracts prevent physicians from speaking publicly about problems with the systems. >>>



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News Headlines

A world of rising healthcare costs

The New York Times, June 28, 2013

Independent hospital resists pressure to align with Mayo

Star Tribune, June 28, 2013

Hospital officials complain to senate panel about Medicare efforts on observation care

The Washington Post / Kaiser Health News, June 27, 2013

Senate critic of nonprofit hospitals blasts CEO bonuses

St. Louis Post-Dispatch / Kaiser Health News, June 27, 2013

Hospital deports stroke patient

NJ Today, June 27, 2013

This GA hospital shows why rejecting Medicaid isn't easy

The Washington Post, June 27, 2013

Activist investor proposes new HMA board

Reuters, June 26, 2013

Humana's CEO on the massive undertaking of health reform

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, June 26, 2013

McKesson CEO's pension reported at a record $159 million

WBUR / NPR, June 26, 2013

Pittsburgh seeks dismissal of 'bizarre' UPMC civil-rights complaint

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 26, 2013



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