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Q&A: Scripps CEO on Strategic Appeal of a Regional Medical Center

John Commins

Chris Van Gorder, Scripps Health CEO, explains why his organization would want to shoulder the challenges of buying an acute care hospital in a small farming community. The potential deal is appealing he says, because from a "population health basis, we need to grow." >>>

 

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. >>>

5 Scary Things About Healthcare Quality

Despite stringent hospital protocols and watchful government agencies, preventable medical errors continue to severely harm or cause death to some 400,000 patients a year in this country. >>>

Readmission Rates Stubborn, Even Among Best Hospitals

Hospitals are doing a better job implementing best practices to reduce 30-day readmission rates for cardiac patients, but even "the best-of-the-best" are still falling short in other key areas, Yale researchers find. >>>

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. >>>

Reduced Readmissions—In a Bottle?

Healthcare organizations can lower readmissions and improve patient care significantly through a simple move that doesn't involve fancy data systems or expensive care coordinators, according to new research. If your organization doesn't use an oral nutritional supplement protocol, why not? >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>



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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

Endo Health buying Paladin Labs for about $1.5B

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, November 6, 2013

Two US hospital chains dismiss Obamacare technical woes

Reuters, November 6, 2013

Sutter Health settles suit over anesthesia billing

Los Angeles Times, November 6, 2013

Court upholds $14.2 million judgment against UPMC

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 6, 2013

ACA could be further hamstrung by shortage of doctors

CBS New York, November 5, 2013

NY hospital group turns the tables on hospital graders

The Washington Post / Kaiser Health News, November 5, 2013

Project aims to tame flood of hospital ICU data

News & Observer / Associated Press, November 4, 2013

Fresh off its IPO, Charlotte-based healthcare alliance Premier Inc. aims for broader reach

Charlotte Observer, November 4, 2013

Manhattan hospital confirms employee tested positive for tuberculosis

CBS New York, November 1, 2013

Top hospitals opt out of Obamacare

U.S. News & World Report, October 31, 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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