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A Letter to Healthcare Providers from a Consumer

John Commins

Now that the rules of healthcare delivery have changed so dramatically, we need to be clear about our new relationship. If you thought haggling with insurance companies was rough, just wait until you hear my expectations. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Fresh Take on Hospital Discharges Cuts Readmissions

A multi-step approach to hospital discharges redefines them as 'transitions' and is driving down readmission rates at Detroit Medical Center.To really address readmissions, healthcare leaders must dissect the discharge process and sharpen a hospital-to-home program. >>>

Retail Medicine a Big Shift for 2014

With the growth in high-deductible health plans accelerating, "the healthcare business model is starting to turn from wholesale to retail," says the managing director of PwC's Health Research Institute. That means insurers must be ready to offer new products in a different way. >>>

Top Quality Issues for 2014, Part 1

The pressure to reduce readmissions and preserve reimbursements will only increase in 2014. Healthcare providers will be especially concerned with curbing hospital-acquired conditions. >>>

Top Quality Issues for 2014, Part 2

Intolerance for diagnostic errors is just one of the top quality issues to watch for in 2014. >>>

Healthcare Spending Growth Hits 53-Year Low

Healthcare spending in 2012 grew more slowly than the growth of the overall economy, says CMS. While the Obama administration was quick to credit the healthcare reform law, federal actuaries cite other factors—chiefly the economic recession. >>>

Healthcare Uncertainties to Intensify in 2014

Many providers who've been on the forefront of the movement away from fee-for-service may find themselves at a disadvantage with payers as healthcare transitions into value-based payment models such as bundled payments and gain sharing, says one analyst. >>>

First Ray of Sun Shines on Cancer Measure Reporting

The healthcare industry has hundreds of measures stratifying quality of care for heart failure, pneumonia, and stroke, but nothing for cancer—until now. The PA Health Care Quality Alliance recently added five scores to its website. >>>

Experienced Nurses Are Less Expensive Than You Think

Healthcare leaders now have data to back up what many already know: More clinical nursing experience means better pediatric patient outcomes. >>>



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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

Non-profit health centers enter insurance realm

USA Today, January 8, 2014

US hospital shares rally as investors see reform boost

Reuters, January 8, 2014

Hospitals overcharging patients, nurses' union says

ABC News, January 8, 2014

Report finds more flaws in digitizing patient files

The New York Times, January 8, 2014

364 hospitals have high rates of overall readmissions, new Medicare data show

Kaiser Health News, January 7, 2014

Stocks worry investors sick as losses spur more hospital visits

Bloomberg, January 7, 2014

Will Obamacare swamp minority physicians with patients?

Cincinnati.com, January 7, 2014

Study finds more diabetic hospital visits when food budgets dip

The New York Times, January 7, 2014

Providing healthcare complicated in rural areas

ABC News / Associated Press, January 6, 2014

Doctors allege hospital owner committed Medicare fraud, offered kickbacks

Charlotte Observer, January 3, 2014



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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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