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Drug Shortages Still an Expensive Problem for Hospitals

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

Hospitals are routinely forced to purchase substitute drugs, which is a costly proposition. Not all of those costs are direct, nor are they easy to tally. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Hospitals Adapting Amid Continued Drug Shortages

While new drug shortages impacting patient care have lessened, the supply chain remains vulnerable to drug shortage 'spikes', says an executive from the group purchasing organization, Premier. >>>

The Secret to Physician Engagement? It's Not Better Pay

It takes more than money for hospitals and health systems to motivate and retain employed physicians, says a senior executive at Catholic Health Initiatives. >>>

AHRQ: Surgical Admissions Bring 48% of Hospital Revenue

Although 29% of all U.S. hospitalizations in 2011 included a surgical procedure, hospitalizations that involved surgery accounted for nearly half of all hospital costs, says a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. >>>

Physicians Take SGR Repeal Message to Washington

As physicians convene for the AMA's annual advocacy conference, President Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, says she remains optimistic that Congress will pass legislation to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate formula, despite the lack of a clear funding plan. >>>

AHIP: Enormity of HIX Challenges Sinks In

Rollout and triage have been the dominant concerns for the new public health insurance exchanges in 2014. But a whole new set of challenges looms as payers look ahead to building out and sustaining the centerpiece of the healthcare reform effort. >>>

Yale New Haven Health Partners with Tenet Healthcare in CT

Connecticut's largest health system and Tenet will remain independent of one another, but would work together to improve clinical services and coordinate care and referrals at four hospitals in the state. >>>

Slideshow: Healthcare Analytics—The New Business Currency

Providers must master data analytics to succeed in the new world of healthcare. This HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report explores the gains and gaps in this race to the future. >>>



2014 Industry Survey

Industry Survey 2014: Forging Healthcare's New Financial Foundation

This award-winning survey shows how organizations are managing the shift from volume to value, including new and proven tactics to support collaborative care. Don't miss the bonus CEO report. Free Download >>>



News Headlines

Cheaper surgery sends Lowe's flying to Cleveland Clinic

Bloomberg, March 10, 2014

Survey: Uninsured rate drops; health law cited

Boston.com / Associated Press, March 10, 2014

Hidden healthcare fees leave patients fuming

Columbus Dispatch / The Miami Herald, March 10, 2014

Bill Clinton cashes in on struggling nonprofit hospital

The Washington Times, March 7, 2014

In NY, a heart surgery factory with 'obscene levels' of pay

Bloomberg, March 7, 2014

Geographic variation seen in Medicare spending

Health Affairs, March 7, 2014

Companies turn to private exchanges to control healthcare costs

The New York Times, March 7, 2014

House backs bill to delay healthcare penalty

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, March 6, 2014

2-year extension offered for canceled health plans

Boston.com / Associated Press, March 6, 2014

Obama administration rewrites some healthcare policies

The Washington Post, March 6, 2014



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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. >>>

 

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