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12 Things I'd Change On Hospital Compare

Cheryl Clark

Hospital Compare is a valuable, yet deeply flawed tool for reporting on hospital quality measures. It doesn't have to be that way. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

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. >>>

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. >>>

NFP Groups Release CA Patient Experience Rankings

Payers, providers, patients, and the public can now view by medical group practice how consumers score California healthcare providers. The data has been compiled by three non-profit groups including Consumer Reports. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

Hospitals Entice Patients with iPads, Quiet Spaces

Some hospitals are kicking off the new year with plans to improve the patient experience by upgrading patient rooms and birthing suites, and even doing away with waiting rooms. >>>



LIVE Webcast

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 >>>



News Headlines

Feds, NY AG sue Novartis over Rx kickback scheme allegations

Star Tribune / Associated Press, January 9, 2014

Outpatient surgery center plans overnight stays

Washington Business Journal, January 9, 2014

Report: Federal government lacks safeguards against EHR fraud

California Healthline, January 9, 2014

Healthcare costs higher for smokers after surgery

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, January 9, 2014

Who defines 'medical necessity'?

The Atlantic, January 9, 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

How much does a new hip cost? Even the surgeon doesn't know

Kaiser Health News, January 7, 2014

Study finds more diabetic hospital visits when food budgets dip

The New York Times, January 7, 2014

When doctors 'Google' their patients

The New York Times, January 7, 2014



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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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