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How the Medical Home May Save Primary Care

Philip Betbeze

Years ago, with his office in chaos, Peter Anderson, MD, looked for a better way to practice primary care. He found it by developing "family team care," a model that looks a lot like what we call today the patient centered medical home. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Using Data Analytics for Better Financial Outcomes

To make the best use of the massive amounts of data being collected by hospitals and health systems, CFOs are turning to powerful analytics tools to find revenue cycle efficiencies and other cost savings. >>>

Healthcare-Associated Infection Costs Detailed

Surgical site infections are the most frequently occurring HAI, accounting for one-third of the annual cost or about $3.3 billion. But central line-associated bloodstream infections are the most expensive, researchers report. >>>

Say So Long to PCs in Hospitals

The personal computer has done a lot of good for clinicians in hospital settings, but its days are numbered. Zero-client terminals are quieter, safer, and cheaper to buy and to maintain. >>>

Injuries Linked to Da Vinci Surgeries Underreported, Researchers Say

Only 245 cases of patient harm in surgeries using the Da Vinci robot system have been reported to the FDA since 2000. The figure seems "very, very low" to researchers, who have identified eight cases of patient harm or death that were not in the FDA's database. >>>

Financial Incentives for Preventing HAIs Don't Add Up to Much

A major teaching hospital's move to provide a financial rationale for preventing healthcare-acquired infections points to the dearth of meaningful incentives for hospitals to work harder toward the goal of improved patient safety. >>>

Medicare Pay 'Transparency' Divides Physicians

The issue of whether physician reimbursement data should be made public is creating a split among doctors. Some argue that the public has a right to know how tax dollars are being spent. Others fear payment disclosures could hurt competition. >>>

Why Payers Like Defined Contribution Programs

Low administrative costs and the capability to compete with public health insurance exchanges are driving factors. So is the promise of access to big data, which can give payers a strategic edge. >>>



CEO Report

2013 CEO Report: Optimism on the Upswing

Although 44% of healthcare CEOs still feel the industry is on the wrong track, more are optimistic about their own organization's performance and prospects as they face the challenges and opportunities of PPACA. This report explores healthcare CEOs' evolving perspectives on these issues, including their strategies for controlling costs, and why partnerships rank among their top three priorities. Download Today >>>



News Headlines

White House proposes new rules for postponed health law mandate

The Washington Post / Associated Press, September 6, 2013

A fast way to cut healthcare costs

The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 6, 2013

3 ways to foster healthcare innovation

InformationWeek, September 6, 2013

Fauquier Health, LifePoint sign partnership agreement

Star Exponent, September 6, 2013

LSU hospital privatization OK'd by civil service panel

Kentucky.com / Associated Press, September 5, 2013

Catholic Health Partners venture aims to cut health costs in OH

Cincinnati Business Courier, September 5, 2013

Can Cleveland Clinic save its hometown?

Forbes, September 5, 2013

SSM Health Care OKs Dean Health Systems purchase

News & Observer / Associated Press, September 4, 2013

Orlando Health employees circulate petition to protest pay cuts

WFTV.com, September 4, 2013

Pay gap for women doctors increases to $50,000 a year

Bloomberg, September 3, 2013



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Multimedia/Events

Webcast: Predictive Analytics—Reducing Readmissions and Hospitalizations

Date: October 28, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Clinical decision support experts from Penn Medicine and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center reveal how they powered predictive analytics to reduce readmissions, improve care, and reduce financial risk. Register Today >>>




From HealthLeaders Magazine

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. >>>

 

Acing Acute Care for Elders

 

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