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Peer Messengers Help Docs Get Back On Track

Joe Cantlupe

A program at VUMC is making significant inroads in helping physicians turn around their practices or behaviors after patients complain about them, either because of the doctors' actions or their clinical work. >>>

 

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." >>>

Doctors in Residency Fail Tests of Common Courtesy

Interns observed interacting with hospitalized patients exhibited five basic behaviors associated with etiquette-based medicine during only 4% of all encounters. >>>

The Trouble With Pay-for-Performance

The author of a study on pay for performance in healthcare, says there is little evidence to support that incentives for following certain processes that have been proven to add value… actually improve quality or value. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>



Intelligence Report

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

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. Includes actionable recommendations, key takeaways, and case studies from Geisinger Health System, Lancaster General Health, and the Jefferson School of Population Health. Purchase Today >>>



News Headlines

More charged in federal probe of Sacred Heart Hospital

The Chicago Tribune, October 24, 2013

Suit challenging VA health facility law revived

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, October 24, 2013

Costly prostate therapy common when docs own the machine

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, October 24, 2013

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

Gov Corbett to sign bill allowing doctors to apologize

The Philadelphia Inquirer, 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

Opinion: Why doctors hate EHR software

InformationWeek, October 22, 2013

Doctors rarely discuss risks of cancer screening

Reuters, October 22, 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

 

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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