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How Teamwork Can Save Primary Care

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, editor for HealthLeaders Media

A shift away from fee-for-service and toward a population management model of healthcare wouldn't involve nurse practitioners and physician assistants replacing doctors; it would call on all providers to work together as a team. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Medical Errors at 10 CA Hospitals Draw Fines of $625K

California's latest round of penalties for hospital blunders that resulted in patient harm or death includes a wrong-site surgery, feeding errors, a retained surgical object, and a number of unnecessary "emergency" coronary interventions. >>>

Physicians' Diagnostic Overconfidence May be Harming Patients

Institutions that notice diagnostic errors need to have a better way to notify doctors when their diagnoses are incorrect, researchers say, because internists' overconfidence in their decisions may be hurting patient care. >>>

It's Judgment Day for Hospital Websites

Not only are hospitals' quality metrics under tight review by payers, but now the honesty and relevance of their websites' claims and content is getting scrutinized. >>>

Surgery Risk Calculator Predicts Complications

A new tool for assessing the risk of surgical complications might eventually be used as an optional alternative to generate reimbursement under the Physician Quality Reporting System. >>>

Texas Health Unveils Center for Population Health

Opening the research center is part of a strategic plan to move Texas Health Resources squarely into a leadership role in the transition from fee-based healthcare to a value-based reimbursement model, says CEO Douglas Hawthorne. >>>

Bringing Consistency to the 9-Month Episode of Care

By redesigning the care model using uniform best practices borrowed from surgical procedure, leaders at Geisinger Health System reduced perinatal variability. >>>

Employers Behaving Badly

In this week's news roundup: Two large employers announce a drastic change to their employee benefits plans, a rural hospital CEO is sentenced in a stalking case, and the results of a compensation survey fail to wow anyone. >>>

'Dismal' Understanding of Health Plans Among Consumers

Only 14% of consumers surveyed understand basic insurance terms such as "copayments," and "deductibles." They will make "disastrous decisions," when health insurance exchanges come online in a few weeks, says an economist and researcher. >>>



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Date: October 16, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Join orthopedic leaders from Hoag Orthopedic Institute and Stryker Performance Solutions as they offer evidence-based strategies for improving orthopedic efficiency, quality, and performance while also increasing collaboration, cost savings, and market share within the service line. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

Status of Medicare patients can result in huge bills

The Boston Globe, August 27, 2013

Opinion: Doctors should bill for life-or-death decisions

Bloomberg, August 27, 2013

Data algorithm helps healthcare providers ID high-risk patients

The Washington Post, August 27, 2013

How to charge $546 for six liters of saltwater

The New York Times, August 26, 2013

State laws hinder health navigator effort to enroll uninsured

Bloomberg, August 23, 2013

How hospitals can help patients quit smoking before surgery

NPR, August 23, 2013

Will US hospitals adopt a dehydration fix from the developing world?

Bloomberg Businessweek, August 23, 2013

40 men sue hospital after accidental thaw destroyed sperm

NBC News, August 22, 2013

Patients may need better info when leaving hospitals

Reuters, August 21, 2013

Judge rejects Long Island College Hospital's ownership deal

The New York Times, August 21, 2013



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New Approaches to Patient Experience

The simplest and most effective patient experience strategy may be listening to the patient, directly through personal discussions and indirectly through survey data analysis. >>>

 

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