Better preparing cancer patients for surgery and the rigors of treatment regimens can improve patient outcomes and generate cost savings through shorter hospital stays and fewer readmissions, researchers say. >>>
The finance leaders at New Jersey's Barnabas Health have a new motivation for engaging with the quality department's efforts: reducing readmissions and cutting costs. >>>
A California physicians organization is finding that more doctors are dismissing patients because they are uncooperative, refuse to comply with treatment, exhibit drug-seeking behaviors, and increasingly threaten the safety of care providers. >>>
The American Medical Association, a number of other national provider associations, and 47 state medical societies are urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to preserve federal funding for state-based quality improvement organizations. >>>
The giant health insurer has learned much from its consumer engagement program. Lewis G. Sandy, MD, senior vice president for clinical advancement at UnitedHealth Group, shares some practical lessons. >>>
Healthcare providers are seeing great potential in portable and miniature devices that enable the measurement of vital health data in acute and non-acute environments. >>>
"There is nothing special about me. I am just a doctor trying to do what I know how to do," says Thomas E. Albani Jr., MD, who helped establish and helps run a free health clinic in Ohio. The American Academy of Family Physicians has named him 2013 Family Physician of the Year. >>>
A reference pricing strategy, in which an employer agrees to pay a certain amount for a procedure and anything above that amount is the employee's responsibility, cut the price of hip and knee replacement surgeries by 19% in a one-year trial. >>>
If two-thirds of healthcare leaders claim a "great deal of experience" with clinical quality and patient safety metrics, why are so many having difficulty turning that data into meaningful improvements? This report uncovers the technological and cultural barriers hampering clinical quality improvements and provides practical, proven recommendations to help overcome them.
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