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How Ochsner Built Market Share and Volume Long After Katrina

Marianne Aiello

Ochsner Health System's growth in recent years has largely been driven by the acquisition of community hospitals. But in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, some of those assets conjured up negative connotations—until Ochsner turned around public opinion. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

SLIDESHOW: HL20 — 20 People Who Are Making a Difference in Healthcare - 2013

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make a difference in healthcare. >>>

HIT in 2014: Portal Perils and Half-Built Houses

We do not know the extent of the trouble about to rain down on healthcare information technology, but it is out there, and will start pelting providers within weeks, not months. >>>

AMCs React to Being Shut Out of Some Exchange Plans

Some academic medical centers are being excluded from state health insurance exchanges because their costs are higher than other hospitals'. The resulting squeeze on revenues "raises very real worries about hospitals' ability to carry out their mission," says the New Jersey Hospital Association. >>>

Hospital Compare Adds Infection, Stroke, Readmissions Data

The latest update to the federal website that reports hospital quality data adds rates of stroke, C. diff and MRSA infections, blood clot prevention and care measures and expanded readmissions data. >>>

Uncertainty Colors Physicians' Watch List

The top issues on the Physicians Foundation Watch List for 2014 are related to healthcare reform. Some matters, such as health insurance exchanges, are no longer a theoretical concern, but an emergent and very real one. >>>

Intelligence Report: Cost-Containment Expertise

This in-depth report reveals how data analytics can drive meaningful cost containment strategies without negative impacts on quality of care or patient satisfaction. >>>

CommonWell EHR Interoperability Pilot Announced

The electronic health record vendors in the first series of CommonWell Alliance pilots include Allscripts, Athenahealth, Cerner, CPSI, Greenway, McKesson, RelayHealth and Sunquest. Testing will begin January 1. >>>

3 Favorite Nursing Trends of 2013

Some nursing leadership trends emerged quietly this year, but are nonetheless provocative for how they force us to think about nursing and how they force nurses to think about themselves as caregivers and healthcare leaders. >>>



LIVE Webcast

Webcast: Telemedicine—A Strategic Tool to Grow Revenue and Drive Efficiency

Date: January 28, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Telemedicine pioneers from UC Davis and Mercy Health share strategies proven to bridge access gaps, improve patient experience, and streamline care through new mobile technologies, while driving down costs. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

Former Microsoft executive to lead effort to fix Obamacare website

Los Angeles Times, December 18, 2013

Insurers wary of new Obamacare fix for January health plans

Reuters, December 18, 2013

GlaxoSmithKline to quit paying doctors for promotional talks

ProPublica, December 18, 2013

Health insurance exchanges struggle to charm customers

InformationWeek, December 17, 2013

Healthplanfinder glitches prevent WA Medicaid enrollees from renewing coverage

The Seattle Times, December 17, 2013

Thousands of Healthcare.gov enrollment records haven't reached insurers, but inaccuracies declining

CNN, December 16, 2013

No major security breaches on Healthcare.gov, Democrats say

NBC News, December 16, 2013

Aetna will not reinstate individual insurance plans

Reuters, December 13, 2013

A rush to reconcile health enrollment data, by hand

NPR, December 13, 2013

NY data show hospital charges all over the map

Kaiser Health News/ WNYC, December 12, 2013



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Webcast: Leveraging Social Media Content to Drive Patient Engagement & Loyalty

Date: January 23, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Healthcare marketing leaders from Vanderbilt and Jennings outline strategies to connect with patients and staff through rich social media content. Register Today >>>




From HealthLeaders Magazine

20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2013

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make a dfference in healthcare. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>

 

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