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  October 23, 2013 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

Population Health Fuel? Community-Based Initiatives

John Commins

The need for big changes driven by health care reform brings tremendous opportunities for community hospitals to play an even greater role in the health and welfare of the people they serve. Having a leadership strategy is crucial. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

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." >>>

Hospitals Find Their Role Diminished

The traditional hospital has become not only a high-cost boogeyman, but also a sign of the limits of a CEO's leadership capabilities. Buttressing a financially vulnerable hospital's business with ancillary services is one way CEOs are being innovative. Now other industry players need to catch up. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

How Telemedicine Drives Volume, Revenue

Not only is health information technology helping to control costs, it's also creating new opportunities for revenue. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

Healthcare Job Growth Continues at Tepid Pace

Despite the lukewarm climate for overall employment, healthcare job growth figures have yet to reflect any slowing demand for physicians, clinicians, and executives. Merritt Hawkins saw its physician and advanced practice recruiting assignments increase by 14% from 2012 to 2013. >>>



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News Headlines

3 dead in medical helicopter crash in West TN

The Tennessean, October 23, 2013

UPMC says it does not have employees

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 23, 2013

Lawsuit against BJC HealthCare alleges wage violations

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 23, 2013

TX doctors, hospitals don't know if they're in or out of Obamacare plans

Kaiser Health News / The Texas Tribune, October 22, 2013

At Twin Cities hospitals, doing more with less blood

Star Tribune, October 22, 2013

Hospitals face whole new world under health law

The Tennessean / USA Today, October 21, 2013

Once a rarity, walk-in healthcare now common in (SC) Midlands

The State, October 21, 2013

Report: Body of Baptist Health Care (FL) CFO Kerry Vermillion recovered

PNJ.com, October 21, 2013

Women make better doctors than men

Time, October 18, 2013

Catholic hospitals grow, and with them questions of care

ProPublica, October 18, 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 >>>


Webcast: Telemedicine—A Strategic Tool to Grow Revenue and Drive Efficiency

Date: November 19, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Learn how specialists and specialty services are reaching outside hospital and clinic walls to engage patients via the Internet, and how telemedicine innovators are overcoming challenges such as billing, scheduling and contractual agreements. Telemedicine pioneers share strategies proven to bridge access gaps, improve patient experience, and streamline care through new mobile technologies. Register Today >>>




From HealthLeaders Magazine

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. >>>

 

Compounding Concerns

 

Readmissions: The Big Picture



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