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PCMH Data Certifies Proof of Concept

John Commins

Data collected from 11 states strongly suggests that the question to ask about the patient-centered medical home model is not whether it reduces healthcare costs and improves outcomes, but how well. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

12 Things I'd Change On Hospital Compare

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

Why Half of All Healthcare CEOs Don't Want to Be in an ACO

In general, accountable care organization models are thought to carry too many variables and financial risks. Executives at smaller organizations balk because they see no structural model surrounding participation in ACOs that seems replicable. >>>

Business Roundup: Healthcare M&A Activity Brisk

The reimbursement squeeze on hospitals is on, and healthcare leaders in search of opportunity are finding partners and making deals. >>>

CMS to Release Physician Payment Data

Physicians' associations generally support improving access and transparency in Medicare reimbursement records within the proper context and with privacy protections, but caution that "you can't always use this data as a proxy for quality." >>>

'Decision Regret' in Nurses Linked to Fatigue

Calling twelve-hours shifts "one of the worst things we ever did," the author of a study on inadequate sleep among nurses is calling for leaders to encourage strategic napping and shorter shifts. >>>

The Hospital Room PC, Reimagined

A new PC being tested in hospital rooms isn't like any PC you know. Sure, it delivers streaming video and gaming, but it can also provide patient monitoring and reporting. >>>

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. >>>

Overnight Status for Outpatients in MD Raises Safety Concerns

Offering patients extended recovery time by keeping them overnight in an ambulatory surgery center may comply with CMS regulations, but Maryland's Office of Health Care Quality and the Maryland Hospital Association are voicing concerns about patient safety. >>>



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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

Medical debt will persist despite health law

USA Today, January 15, 2014

Miami Children's Hospital to help patients estimate costs up front

The Miami Herald, January 15, 2014

Ex-CEO of HMA named in whistleblower lawsuit

Tampa Bay Business Journal, January 15, 2014

New orthopedic consortium pushes back against migration to hospital employment

The Washington Post, January 15, 2014

Parkland narrows CEO search to three candidates

The Dallas Morning News, January 15, 2014

Emergency rooms are front line for enrolling new Obamacare customers

Kaiser Health News / NPR, January 14, 2014

Hospitals blast proposed cut in jobless benefits debate

The Hill, January 14, 2014

Should medical school be shortened to three years? Some programs try fast tracking.

The Washington Post, January 14, 2014

GA hospital fires two workers over missing computer

News & Observer / Associated Press, January 13, 2014

It's hard to win in the hospital business

Area Wide News, January 13, 2014



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Webcast: Physician-Led Population Health Programs—New Skills for Success

Date: February 24, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Join clinical improvement experts as they define new expectations for population health management and outline the leadership skills necessary for physicians to direct a successful program. 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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