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OB/GYN Pushes Doctors To Think About Cost

Cheryl Clark

Increasingly, physicians are speaking out against wasteful spending on needless medical treatments. At her South Carolina hospital, Lauren Demosthenes, MD, is targeting "low hanging fruit that doesn't hurt the patient or the doctor." >>>

 

Editor's Picks

How Prehabilitation Can Improve Outcomes and Reduce Hospital Costs

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. >>>

Hospital Finance, Quality Team Up for Better Profit Margins

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. >>>

Docs to Disruptive Patients: 'You're Fired'

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. >>>

With Cuts Looming, QIOs Find Abundant Support

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. >>>

UnitedHealth Exec Offers 5 Tips on Patient Engagement

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. >>>

Medical Monitoring Goes Mobile

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. >>>

Doc of the Year: Award Comes with Responsibility

"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. >>>

Anthem Blue Cross Pilot Reduces Surgery Costs by 19%

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. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Advancing Clinical Quality from Data to Decisions

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. Purchase Today >>>



News Headlines

ACO tools to keep patients out of the hospital

Kaiser Health News, August 15, 2013

Many health insurers to limit choices of doctors, hospitals

The Wall Street Journal, August 15, 2013

A healer who asks for nothing in return

The New York Times, August 15, 2013

FL hospitals reducing readmission rates

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, August 14, 2013

Parkland not slowing down changes after passing safety test

The Dallas Morning News, August 14, 2013

Court gives PA healthcare providers win in medical malpractice insurance battle

Pennlive.com, August 14, 2013

Kaiser Permanente automates quality reporting to joint commission

InformationWeek, August 14, 2013

NH hospital tech pleads guilty in hepatitis outbreak

The Washington Post / Associated Press, August 13, 2013

It pays for hospitals to keep patients happy

The Seattle Times / Los Angeles Times, August 13, 2013

The healthcare battle over navigators

Philly.com / The Center for Public Integrity, August 12, 2013



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