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  October 31, 2013 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

Physician-Patient Engagement Model Is Wide Open

Joe Cantlupe

Whether using simple techniques or complex technologies, physicians must consider a patient's social needs in order to engage patients and elevate care, say panelists at Partners HealthCare's Connected Health Symposium. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Adverse Events Draw $775K in Fines at 9 CA Hospitals

The most recent round of administrative penalties for hospital deficiencies constituting immediate jeopardy includes two patient falls resulting in deaths, a wrong-site surgery, and a retained surgical object. >>>

14 Medicare Advantage Plans Earn 5 Stars

Among the significant perks of being a five-star plan is the ability of payers to enroll members throughout the year rather than only during the seven-week Medicare open enrollment period. >>>

5 Ways Health Systems Can Reduce ED Usage

A study finds reductions in emergency department usage can be achieved through patient education, interventions in patient financial incentives, and the adoption of population health strategies such as patient-centered medical homes. >>>

Joint Commission Announces 'Top Performers'

One in three hospitals eligible for The Joint Commission's 'top performer' status has provided an evidence-based care practice 95% of the time for patients with certain conditions. >>>

NCQA: Appropriate Use of Antibiotics by Providers 'Declining'

The National Committee for Quality Assurance has been tracking the use of antibiotic treatment in adults with acute bronchitis since 2006 and has found that compliance with not prescribing antibiotics has been "strikingly and perpetually low." >>>

Revving Patient Experience May Require a Cultural Transformation

Healthcare organizations that have fully committed to improving patient experience share the common belief that developing a patient-centered culture is key to their success. >>>

Slideshow: HLM Council Members on the Primacy of Primary Care

We asked members of the HealthLeaders Media Council about how primary care fits into their organizations' overall service line strategies. And we asked them to tell us their main goals for their primary care service lines. >>>

ED Visits By Nursing Home Residents 'Disproportionately High'

An emergency medicine physician and researcher suggests that skilled nursing facility residents with "ambulatory care-sensitive conditions" may be treated appropriately in healthcare settings other than the emergency department. >>>



News Headlines

Johns Hopkins medical unit rarely finds black lung, helping coal industry defeat miners' claims

The Center for Public Integrity, October 31, 2013

Changing light patterns in hospital rooms may ease patients' pain and fatigue

The Plain Dealer, October 31, 2013

Doctors' group to launch own health plan for staff

The Post and Courier, October 31, 2013

City of Pittsburgh responds to UPMC claim that it has no employees

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 30, 2013

Doctors use euphemism for $2.4 billion in needless stents

Bloomberg, October 30, 2013

Should hospital ratings be embraced, or despised?

ProPublica, October 29, 2013

FDA shift on painkillers was years in the making

The New York Times, October 29, 2013

Some health screenings may harm more than help

NPR, October 29, 2013

Garden City (NJ) chief of staff: Hospital is a 'tough business to be in'

Observer & Eccentric / HometownLife.com, October 28, 2013

Should medical school last just 3 years?

The New York Times, October 25, 2013



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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. >>>

 

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