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A Hidden Cause of Readmissions Comes to Light

Cheryl Clark

Serious complications resulting from surgery are only now attracting attention as a cause for hospital readmissions. That may be because some surgeries will soon be included Medicare's 3% readmissions penalty algorithm. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Strategies for Safer Hospital Medicine Also Cut Costs

New doctors are turning the tables on seasoned physician leaders by introducing strategies to improve quality by curtailing opportunities for medical error and harm. They're also saving hospitals millions in unnecessary spending. >>>

Hospital Engagement Networks Lauded for Lessening Hospital Harm, Costs

Hospitals participating in HENs have "decreased central line infections by more than 45%" in the last two years, says CMS. The largest coalition, operated by the American Hospital Association, says it has saved $201 million. >>>

ECRI Cautions Hospitals About Tech Hype

Independent research from the non-profit ECRI Institute aims to distinguish between must-have hospital technologies and manufacturer hype. >>>

Data Analytics Takes on Medication Management

The expansion of e-prescribing and data analytics is leading to improved outcomes, reduced costs, and enhanced patient engagement. And technology is allowing providers to earn hard cash for meeting medication adherence targets. >>>

ED Violence Racks Up Huge Costs

Assaults on nurses in the emergency department have long been viewed as part of the job. But this "culture of acceptance" comes with a high price tag, not least of which is the cost to replace nurses when they quit. >>>

Capital Spending Reflects New Era in Healthcare

As provider organizations look ahead to redesigning their care delivery models and taking part in more risk-based payment structures, their capital spending plans must keep pace with their evolving needs. >>>

Retail Responding to Market Demand for Primary Care

First the bad news: Fewer doctors and the retail sector's knack for delivering price transparency and convenience are collectively putting physicians on notice. Now the good news: There's plenty of work for everyone. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Healthcare Analytics—The New Business Currency

Providers must master data analytics to succeed in the new world of healthcare. This report explores the gains and gaps in this race to the future. Free Download >>>



News Headlines

Hospitals' dialysis plan is under new scrutiny

The New York Times, February 13, 2014

Baptist Health CEO: Psych beds being cut in national trend because they're unprofitable

The Florida Times-Union, February 13, 2014

Novant Health enhances cleaning procedures after 18 exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Charlotte Observer, February 13, 2014

Vast study casts doubts on value of mammograms

The New York Times, February 12, 2014

Telemedicine bolsters ICU care in rural Maryland hospitals

Kaiser Health News / The Baltimore Sun, February 12, 2014

Prescription drug database gets first-round approval in MO House

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 12, 2014

Hospitals push back on proposal to extend cuts

The Hill, February 11, 2014

Shortages of critical drugs continue to vex doctors

The New York Times, February 11, 2014

Meet the man set to take on 1 million Dallas patients (and what he plans to do)

The Dallas Morning News, February 10, 2014

Researchers hope new data collaborative will lower healthcare costs, improve treatment

WSAW.com, February 10, 2014



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Multimedia/Events

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

In Search of EHR's ROI

As healthcare leaders continue to pour money into electronic health record systems, many (but not all) find the return on the investment remains elusive. >>>

 

Life or Death for Small Systems?

 

Capital Spending Reflects New Era in Healthcare



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