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HANYS Grades the Hospital Graders

Jacqueline Fellows

The Healthcare Association of New York State studies 10 of the most well-known report cards that attempt to quantify hospital performance—including those from the Leapfrog Group, Healthgrades, and U.S. News and World Report—and ranks them. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

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. >>>

How Should You Discuss Medical Bills with Patients?

A stakeholder-led initiative presents best practices intended to provide guidance to provider organizations for discussing insurance coverage and financial responsibility for co-pays and deductibles with patients. >>>

3 in 4 Patients Want E-mail Consultations

Patient demand for e-mail consultations with physicians is high, but willingness to pay is low. Physicians practices are finding they can accommodate the preference for e-mail by identifying suitable billing strategies. >>>

ECRI Announces Top 10 Healthcare Technology Hazards

ECRI Institute collects data on adverse events and near misses and releases an annual report on the top technology dangers in healthcare. >>>

Should You Keep Sales Reps Out of the OR?

The non-profit ECRI Institute suggests that "hospitals should be diligent about the presence of anyone who isn't a staff member in the OR because of potential risk management concerns." >>>

HCA Posts Strong, Tenet 'Solid' 3Q Earnings

Its ability to improve inpatient admissions has helped for-profit Hospital Corporation of America post healthy earnings. Tenet, despite an 8.4% increase in net operating revenues, experienced a "volume decline on the inpatient side and flat-ish volume for outpatient," says one analyst. >>>

3 Tech Things That Irk Me

Destructive APIs, a lack of interoperability standards—and their glacial pace—and Twitter are a few of the tech irritants on Scott Mace's mind this week. >>>



LIVE Webcast

Webcast: The New Patient Experience Model—Strategies to Leverage the Patient Perspective

Date: November 5, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Marketing leaders from Covenant Health and Studer Group will help healthcare executives understand the importance of creating a patient-centered culture, share actionable examples of experience improvement techniques, and demonstrate how marketing can promote and sustain the hospital's patient experience strategy. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

Notes reveal chaotic White House talks on healthcare site

The New York Times, November 6, 2013

CA insurance chief faults health exchange for cancellations

Los Angeles Times, November 6, 2013

Anthem Blue Cross is sued over policy cancellations

Los Angeles Times, November 6, 2013

J&J will pay more than $2.2 billion to settle US cases

Bloomberg, November 5, 2013

21% of Obamacare visitors have enrolled

InformationWeek, November 5, 2013

Hollywood targeted to give healthcare law a boost

ABC News / Associated Press, November 5, 2013

Under healthcare act, millions eligible for free policies

The New York Times, November 4, 2013

Canceled health insurance plans add to angst of change

The Seattle Times, November 4, 2013

Obamacare marketing push on hold

Politico, November 1, 2013

Doctors are enlisted to aid both sides on healthcare law

The Miami Herald / Kaiser Health News, November 1, 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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