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Reduce Readmissions by Activating Patients to Do 'Self-Care'

Tinker Ready

The push is on to target patients who need help with self-care, which is key to lowering hospital readmission rates. A tool to measure "patient activation" offers healthcare providers a way to look beyond the bedside to assist patients. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

CMS Makes Physician Claims Data Public

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a potential treasure trove of 2012 Medicare physician claim information. The release, which makes the data public for the first time since 1979, is "a huge step to making the Medicare system more transparent," CMS says. >>>

CMS Silence on ICD-10 Holds Healthcare Hostage

CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner firmly vowed only weeks ago that there would be no ICD-10 delay. Now that an undefined delay has been announced, she remains silent on ICD-10's next steps. >>>

Medicare Advantage Program Standards Tightening

The most significant change on tap to the ratings system is expected to be an increase in the star threshold for bonus payments to health plans, based on a wide array of quality standards. >>>

Patient Safety Advances Lagging

A decade after the release of an IOM report warning of serious threats to patient safety associated with nurses' work environments, things haven't changed as much as might have been expected. >>>

Who Wants an Empty Hospital?

If you don't, you should. A nearly empty hospital indicates you've achieved functional integration such that your continued existence doesn't depend on the hospital at all. It depends instead on how well you take care of people to make sure they seldom, if ever, end up there. >>>

ACOs Show Uneven Progress

Just over half of the 114 organizations to join one of two Medicare accountable care organization efforts in 2012 report no decrease in health spending below targets during their first 12 months. >>>

A Better Strategy for Dealing with Bad Physicians

While HR handles most personnel issues in hospitals, the use of professionalism committees is on the rise. Staffed by physicians, they confront peers who are exhibiting disruptive behavior and they provide counseling. >>>



LIVE Webcast

Webcast: Patient Experience & HCAHPS—Optimizing Touch Points and Training Internal Champions

Date: April 24, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Leaders from Community Health Systems and the Baird Group share marketing strategies for communicating patient experience imperatives and developing programs to reinforce them. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

Many doubt benefit of annual physicals exceeds cost

The San Francisco Chronicle, April 10, 2014

Scientists trying to build functional human heart with 3-D printer

Star Tribune / Associated Press, April 10, 2014

Physicians sound off on EHRs

The Atlantic, April 9, 2014

Blue Cross cuts back on painkiller prescriptions

The Boston Globe, April 9, 2014

Drugstores play doctor: Physicals, flu diagnosis, and more

The Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2014

CT hospitals follow aviation, nuclear power in targeting errors

The CT Mirror, April 9, 2014

Doctor appointment availability varies by insurance type

Reuters, April 8, 2014

Sidestepping the biopsy with new tools to spot cancer

The New York Times, April 8, 2014

Jury awards nearly $3 million in MO malpractice case

SFGate.com / Associated Press, April 8, 2014

Widow awarded $1.1 million in wrongful death lawsuit against ME doctor

Bangor Daily News, April 4, 2014



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