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  November 14, 2013 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

What's Wrong With Healthcare Quality Measures? Part I

Cheryl Clark

We need to measure the hell out of healthcare to help us compare one organization or system with others. I believe measuring quality helps healthcare systems improve. But I also believe that we can measure healthcare quality a lot better than we do. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Hospitals Address Compounding Concerns

In the wake of incidents in which compounding pharmacies have released contaminated products, hospital leaders are developing strategies and protocols to ensure patient safety. >>>

How Highmark BCBS Helps Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Hospital readmission rates remain stubborn. Hoping to move the needle, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield has made its care transition program, which tracks readmissions indicators, mandatory for hospitals that have failed to meet a certain threshold. >>>

Anatomy of a Readmissions Master Plan

Memorial Hermann leaders have been able to reduce preventable readmissions by closing care continuum gaps. They've tackled poor communication among disjointed or unaligned providers, a lack of systemic accountability and follow through, and inadequate human and IT resources. >>>

1 in 5 Hospital Patients Who Leave AMA Are Uninsured

Incidences of patients leaving the hospital against medical advice rose sharply between 1997 and 2011, particularly among patients financially responsible for their own care. >>>

Debate Over Delaying Individual Mandate Grows Louder

The American Academy of Actuaries is warning that delaying the individual mandate could affect risk pools and claims in 2014 and beyond. Health plans say they cannot work without this key provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. >>>

Reassessing Executive Compensation

As the healthcare industry shifts from volume to value, hospital and health system leaders need to consider new skill sets, new business models, and new incentives for the C-suite. >>>

EHR Interoperability Remains Elusive

A lack of standards, privacy concerns, and proprietary and competition issues are just a few of the hurdles hampering the interoperability of EHR data among participants in health information exchanges. >>>

'Alarming' Physician Shortages Lie Ahead

While the reasons for the projected doctor shortage are clear—population health issues, shrinking physician reimbursements, workforce issues, and residency training insufficiencies—the path toward a solution is not. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Restructuring Executive Compensation for the Shift From Volume to Value

This report reveals how the shift from volume to value is reshaping compensation and incentives and demanding new C-suite skills. Download Today >>>



News Headlines

Pain med prescribing guidelines mostly agree

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, November 14, 2013

Patients, families are in the dark over risky MN nurses

Star Tribune, November 14, 2013

Doctors told to get tougher with patients about weight

Star Tribune / Associated Press, November 14, 2013

New US heart guidelines back stronger therapies for high-risk patients

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, November 13, 2013

Pharmacy bill set for test vote in Senate

The Washington Post, November 13, 2013

Who is responsible for the pain-pill epidemic?

The New Yorker, November 13, 2013

Obamacare rollout: Doctors concerned about patients, care, fees

CBS News, November 12, 2013

Robot surgical incidents may pressure hospital training

Bloomberg, November 12, 2013

Why doctors stay mum about mistakes their colleagues make

ProPublica, November 11, 2013

Cuts in hospital subsidies threaten safety-net care

The New York Times, November 11, 2013



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