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Shrink Readmissions by Adding Nurses

Philip Betbeze

Bumping up nurse staffing levels by three nurse hours per patient day provides a demonstrable and marked reduction in hospital readmissions. But the financial implications of doing so are tricky. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Compensation for Physician Execs Sees Slow Growth

The 7% growth in physician executive compensation across all titles between 2010 and 2012 is consistent with growth seen in the previous two-year period, but down significantly from the mid-2000s. >>>

WellPoint Exec Shares Lessons Learned from PCPC Pilot

Patient-centered primary care is one part of WellPoint's strategy to shift provider reimbursements from volume-based to value-based care arrangements. A year into a multi-state rollout, the program is delivering as expected. >>>

Readmissions 'Drop Like a Rock' with Predictive Modeling

Predictive modeling offers the key to understanding which healthcare services most affect utilization, readmissions, and payment, and how to tackle the outliers. These analytics are within the grasp of any healthcare system. >>>

Cheaper Way to Stop MRSA Adds No Patient Risk

Having healthcare providers don gloves and gowns in intensive care units is shown to reduce infections of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, but without a rise in adverse events, researchers say. >>>

How the Physician Payment Sunshine Act Could Affect Practice Revenue

This provision of the healthcare law does not create new penalties for financial interactions with drug or device companies, or any other organization, but it may cause doctors to change some of their outside activities. >>>

Failing to Prep for ICD-10 Will Cost You

With ICD-10 implementation now less than a year away, hospitals and health systems should be deep into transition planning. NYU Langone Medical Center has hired coders, installed training software, and called on physician leaders. >>>

HIX Lags in Texas, as Providers Wait on Feds

Without federal support, hospitals and health systems in Texas are hampered in their efforts to help the uninsured enroll in health insurance exchanges. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Population Health Management—Steps to Risk Sharing and Data Analytics

With the shift away from volume-based reimbursement, population health management has emerged as a leading model to ensure quality care at lower costs. This report explores how better collaboration and mastery of data analytics can help you build a successful integrated and collaborative network for population health management. Download Today   >>>



News Headlines

Some say healthcare site's problems highlight flawed federal IT policies

The Washington Post, October 11, 2013

Doubts about pay-for-performance in healthcare

HBR.com, October 11, 2013

Sicker Medicaid, Medicare emergency patients less profitable

Reuters, October 11, 2013

Is Obamacare really to blame for cuts at the Cleveland Clinic and other hospitals?

The Plain Dealer, October 11, 2013

NIH admits a dozen critically ill despite shutdown

Boston.com / Associated Press, October 10, 2013

The shutdown, the debt and healthcare: a primer

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, October 10, 2013

CVS/pharmacies expand retail clinics in LA in response to healthcare market demand

NOLA.com / The Times-Picayune, October 10, 2013

Insurers getting faulty data from HIX

Insurance Networking News / Bloomberg, October 9, 2013

U of Miami Hospital overbilled Medicare $3.7M, audit says

The Miami Herald, October 9, 2013

SSM Health Care to begin layoffs

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 9, 2013



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Multimedia/Events

Webcast: Patient Engagement for Population Health—The Kaiser Permanente & MSHA Models

Date: October 23, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Join clinical improvement leaders from Kaiser Permanente and Mountain States Health Alliance as they reveal proven models for fostering patient engagement through care coordination, technological innovation, and community outreach. Register Today >>>




From HealthLeaders Magazine

A Fresh Look at End-of-Life Care

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