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Critical Access Hospitals Crisis in GA a National Bellwether

John Commins

An advocate for rural health says the rural hospital community in Georgia, rife with closings, is so financially strapped that "about 10% of our population [can be considered] Third World Nation health status." More hospital closings are "inevitable" and the trend could spread to the rest of the country, he says. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

A Hidden Cause of Readmissions Comes to Light

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 in Medicare's 3% readmissions penalty algorithm. >>>

Top 5 ED Procedures to Avoid

A health system's emergency medicine clinicians, using a methodology based on consensus, has developed a list of services that can be avoided to prevent patient harm and reduce hospital costs. >>>

For Small Health Systems, Big Decisions Can Mean Life or Death

Seeking a strategic path for a healthcare organization amid historic levels of disruption can be exhilarating, but small systems and standalone hospitals are essentially betting their institutional lives on the changes they're making. >>>

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. >>>

Moody's Upgrades For-Profit Hospital Outlook to 'Positive'

A reduction in bad debt will come as more people obtain health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Moody's says. An improvement in earnings is expected mainly because 2013 was marred by declining patient volumes and the cuts to Medicare reimbursements under sequestration. >>>

Diabetes Care Challenges Offer Strategic Opportunities

Diabetes is a potentially significant area for other hospital service lines, such as cardiovascular or oncology programs. So hospitals are teaming up with insurers, tapping into technology, and intensifying follow-up care for diabetic patients. >>>

AMA Seeks to Stop ICD-10, Cites Soaring Costs

In a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the American Medical Association asks her to "strongly" reconsider the ICD-10 medical coding set mandate, which the AMA says will place a "crushing burden" on physicians. >>>

In Retail Medicine, Opportunity for Market Share Growth

As patient volumes shift from inpatient to outpatient settings, some hospitals and health systems are entering the retail medicine space in new ways. >>>



LIVE Webcast

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 >>>



News Headlines

Sebelius: 'No evidence' Obamacare costs jobs

The Hill, February 19, 2014

Congress seeks $150B to end 'doc fixes'

The Hill, February 19, 2014

Healthcare organizations under siege from cyberattacks

The Baltimore Sun, February 19, 2014

Starr leads purchase of healthcare services firm MultiPlan

Los Angeles Times / Associated Press, February 18, 2014

Without Medicaid expansion, TX hospitals seek long-term solution

KETK / The Texas Tribune, February 18, 2014

Urgent care centers in MA fill a gap

The Boston Globe, February 18, 2014

Rural, small hospitals may get break from federal rule

The Spokesman-Review, February 17, 2014

ME co-op network includes some NH hospitals

Boston.com / Associated Press, February 17, 2014

NY nurses rally for 'safe staffing' at hospitals

WNYT.com, February 17, 2014

As healthcare shifts, US doctors switch to salaried jobs

The New York Times, February 14, 2014



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

 

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