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Support Your Local Community Health Center

John Commins

Healthcare leaders and community leaders who aren't actively working to shore up funding for community health centers stand to damage a valuable primary care resource and the vulnerable population it serves. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Two-Midnights Rule Spells Grim Financial Forecast for Hospitals

Hospitals will take a financial hit this year as a result of the new federal rule that cuts the Medicare payment rate for most patient stays that span less than two midnights, Moody's predicts. >>>

Why Is Healthcare Price Transparency So Hard?

Few are making much progress, but a small number of hospital and health system leaders are doing their best to change price opacity. >>>

Researchers Link ICD-10 Shift to Financial Losses

The transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding led to significant information loss at one oncology clinic, says a researcher who found that 39 ICD-9-CM codes with information loss accounted for 2.9% of total Medicaid reimbursements and 5.3% of the organization's billing charges. >>>

Use of Locum Tenens Up 22% in One Year

Ninety percent of organizations use temporary physicians and other clinical staff, a figure one temporary staffing executive calls "incredible." And the profile of locum tenens physicians has changed: Seven in ten have two decades of experience and half are mid-career professionals, survey results show. >>>

Septic Shock Treatment Protocols Challenged

In light of new data, "the National Quality Forum-endorsed measure and the International Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines for treatment of septic shock are going to have to be modified," says a critical care researcher. >>>

Big Changes Prep Medical Center for New Financial Realities

Despite the high cost of its EHR conversion, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's CFO says the spending is justified because improving the organization's population health strategy, data collection and sharing capabilities will be critical for successful healthcare delivery in the near future. >>>

ICU Mobility Program Saves $500K in 6 Months

A program to get mechanically ventilated and post-operative ICU patients up and moving quickly represented a huge culture change for nurses, but it reduced length of stay and eliminated pressure ulcers and ventilator-associated pneumonia. >>>

Can University of Illinois Hospital Save Its Brand?

A decision by hospital leaders to participate in an advertising effort with an equipment vendor was intended to promote institutional expertise with robotic surgery. Instead it sparked an outcry among critics. >>>



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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

Concerns about cancer centers under health law

The Washington Post, March 19, 2014

Measles outbreak in NY may have spread in medical facilities

The New York Times, March 19, 2014

MI Medical Center to pay $200,000 to settle reverse-discrimination lawsuit

MLive.com, March 19, 2014

Poll: Two thirds satisfied with healthcare system

The Hill, March 18, 2014

Officials consider new uses for old Parkland in Dallas

The Dallas Morning News, March 18, 2014

A surgical procedure's risks, unmentioned

The New York Times, March 18, 2014

Castlight IPO ushers in a new era of consumer-oriented healthcare

MarketWatch, March 17, 2014

Computer virus at Glenwood hospital may have jeopardized patient info

The Post Independent / The Denver Post, March 17, 2014

Survival post-surgery linked to hospital differences

Reuters, March 14, 2014

In the fight against germs, NJ healthcare facilities get smarter

The Star-Ledger, March 14, 2014



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