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Lower Medical Claims Costs Linked to Payer's Dental Program

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Six years after launching a dental medical integration program, Aetna reports that hospital admissions and claims costs are down, while diabetes control has improved by 45% among 1.5 million patients. >>>

 

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Leapfrog Releases Another Hospital Safety Report Card

The latest round of scores that measure rates of errors and infections, indicators of safe practices, shows an increase in the number of hospitals that earned the lowest score. Leapfrog's CEO Leah Binder calls that "a troubling trend." >>>

Hospital Inspections to Resume In Full

The effects of the government shutdown will be felt for weeks as state and federal officials play catch-up on hospital inspections, re-certifications, and other routine work. >>>

AllSpire Partnership Tackles Population Health Management

Seven health systems in Pennsylvania and New Jersey created a mega-alliance last month to prepare for value-based reimbursement, improve patient care, and lower the cost of doing business. >>>

Remote Patient Monitoring Poised for Growth

New penalties for preventable hospital readmissions are prompting hospitals to adopt technologies that allow patients to measure blood pressure, heart rate, and other vital signs from home. >>>

Targeting All-Cause Readmissions an Ambitious Strategy

There's ample disagreement about how much control hospitals can exercise over readmission rates. Farsighted leaders are taking on a big endeavor by focusing on all-cause readmissions. >>>

4 ICD-10 Staffing Strategies

Healthcare providers need an ICD-10 strategy that includes adequately training medical coders and retaining them in their jobs. With an already extremely low unemployment rate, ICD-10 coders will be very much in demand. >>>

Nurse Staffing Linked to Lower Readmission Penalties

Researchers estimate that each additional nurse-hour per patient day is associated with 10% lower odds of receiving penalties under The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. >>>

Residents Save $2M By Eliminating Needless Lab Tests

Having noticed that "the majority of tests we were ordering... really didn't impact the day-to-day care," a group of neurosurgery residents identified five lab tests that could be eliminated without affecting patient safety. They generated nearly $2 million in savings, including $75,000 in direct costs for their medical center. >>>



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News Headlines

Sebelius thrust into firestorm on exchanges

The New York Times, October 23, 2013

White House brings in help to fix healthcare website

Los Angeles Times, October 23, 2013

Big insurers avoid many state health exchanges

USA Today, October 23, 2013

Health co-ops, created to foster competition and lower insurance costs, are in danger

The Washington Post, October 23, 2013

Obama pushes health law but concedes website problems

The New York Times, October 22, 2013

HHS debuts changes to Obamacare website

The Hill, October 22, 2013

OH panel approves Medicaid expansion in victory for Obamacare

Reuters, October 22, 2013

Hospitals face whole new world under health law

The Tennessean / USA Today, October 21, 2013

Driving a new bargain on healthcare

The New York Times, October 21, 2013

How Healthcare.gov doomed itself by screwing startups

TechCrunch, October 21, 2013



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The Benefits (and Costs) of Consolidation

The recent level of M&A and affiliation activity in healthcare has been stunning, but to some leaders, it's nothing compared to what's coming over the next decade. >>>

 

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