The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is building a massive patient database to help healthcare providers identify effectiveness projects years before researchers get around to publishing their analyses. >>>
Social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook are continuously evolving, even when healthcare organizations aren't ready. The Mayo Clinic and Baylor Health have embraced social media and are sharing best practices with others. >>>
Under the proposed Outpatient Prospective Payment System rule, evaluation and management coding and reimbursement for hospital outpatients could change dramatically. The changes may reflect "CMS's desire to create payment parity between the hospital-based clinic setting and physician offices," says one expert. >>>
Tenet Healthcare's deal to acquire Vanguard Health strengthens Tenet's ability to make acquisitions of not-for-profit hospitals and "might prompt smaller, stand-alone hospitals to consider some sort of alignment," Moody's Investors Service says. >>>
Few physician executives believe costs go down when healthcare systems acquire physician practices. We asked doctors with divergent views to explain their positions. >>>
Despite some unique challenges, safety-net hospitals are achieving strong patient satisfaction results by focusing on compassionate care and quality outcomes. >>>
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