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Lahey Health Reexamines the Appropriate Care Model

John Commins

This nonprofit, three-hospital health system in eastern Massachusetts has prioritized directing care to the most appropriate setting, which often means admitting patients to the community hospitals closest to their homes. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Hospital Groups Strike Back at Hospital Rating Systems

The Association of American Medical Colleges has issued a list of 25 guidelines to help hospital officials evaluate rating systems that rank hospitals. Hospitals are urged to consider the validity of measures used, and transparency about methodology. >>>

Hospital CEO Turnover Hits Record High

The churn rate for hospital CEOs fluctuated between 14% and 18% for a decade, but spiked to 20% last year, the American College of Healthcare Executives says. >>>

Another SGR Patch Likely, Lawmaker Says

Lawmakers can't agree on a way to plug the $122 billion hole in the budget that would be created by the elimination of the reimbursement cuts and "chances are not great" for a permanent fix by the March 31 deadline, says the co-chair of the GOP Doctors' Caucus. >>>

Rules to Rein in HIX Narrow Networks Could Drive Away Payers

Healthcare providers have raised alarms over narrow provider networks in the public health insurance exchanges, but Moody's Investors Service says proposed rules to open up the networks could drive health plans to drop out of the new market. >>>

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. >>>

Size Matters in Antibiotic Overuse

Smaller hospitals appear to be more often guilty of giving patients antibiotics they don't need. Help may be on the way from the CDC. >>>

4 Reasons PCMH Principles Aren't Going Away

A recent analysis finds lackluster results in both cost reduction and quality improvement from organizations that have achieved Patient-Centered Medical Home certification. Does that mean we need to go back to square one? >>>

4 Marketing Tactics for Hospitals on Instagram

Rev your social media campaigns by using Instagram to get your message across with strong visuals. The photo-sharing platform is particularly effective for promoting service lines and bolstering fundraising campaigns. >>>



LIVE Webcast

Webcast: Hospitals Developing Health Plans: Key Steps to Becoming a Provider-Payer

Date: Friday, March 28, 2014 | 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. ET Join hospital leaders as they outline the strategic transition from provider to payer, and new opportunities for controlling costs, managing risk, and maximizing reimbursements. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

Federal panel approves MU Stage 3 recommendations

Government Health IT, March 12, 2014

US, citing 'urgent' need, calls on hospitals to improve disaster plans

The New York Times, March 12, 2014

FL hospital must pay $85M in settlement over Medicare fraud whistleblower lawsuit

Star Tribune / Associated Press, March 12, 2014

NY hospital alerting 4,247 patients of possible blood contamination

Long Island Newsday, March 12, 2014

How HCA turned trauma into a money-maker

Tampa Bay Times, March 12, 2014

US cancer doctors urge payment fix as cases set to rise

Reuters, March 11, 2014

FL trauma centers charge fees the moment patients come through the door

Tampa Bay Times, March 11, 2014

Cheaper surgery sends Lowe's flying to Cleveland Clinic

Bloomberg, 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



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Webcast: Forge Partnerships Across the Care Continuum—Metrics and Workflows

Date: March 14, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Join leaders from SCL Health System and Collaborative Healthcare Strategies as they reveal how to successfully align with external entities across the care continuum to reduce readmissions, improve care quality, and streamline workflows. 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. >>>

 

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