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Physicians as Economic Powerhouses and Tech Laggards

John Commins

They generate $1.6 billion in economic activity, but as a class, physicians are slow to upgrade and adopt technologies that would make them—and the nation's healthcare system—more efficient and less costly. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

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

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. >>>

As Hospitalist Patient Loads Rise, So Do Hospital Costs

A study stops short of identifying the optimal hospitalist-to-patient ratio, but "workload does have implications for efficiency of care," says the study's lead author. >>>

Hospital Groups Back NQF Report on Patient Sociodemographics

The American Hospital Association wants CMS to adjust measures in pay-for-performance programs to reflect factors such as race and income, even though doing so "would be a complex undertaking" for everyone involved. >>>

ICD-10 Delay Alters Provider, Vendor Prep

While the latest delay of ICD-10 has created some confusion, the CEO of AHIMA says providers, payers, and other stakeholders are doing what they can to prepare staff. Those that can afford it will try to teach both ICD-10 and ICD-9. >>>

Look Beyond Nurse-Patient Ratios

Nurses who advocate for patient safety often cite nurse staffing ratios as a top concern. Evidence suggests more education for nurses, not a mandated, one-size-fits-all approach to staffing, is a better way forward. >>>

NPP Demand Rising Under Value-Based Care Models

Multispecialty medical practices with non-physician providers typically perform better financially than those without physician assistants and nurse practitioners, an MGMA report finds. >>>

Hire Care Coordinators Strategically

The need for care coordinators is growing, but because they must be able to work with specific patient populations, careful and strategic recruiting practices are vital. >>>

The Flourishing Medical Tourism Business in America

The Jackson International program at Miami's Jackson Health System draws patients to the U.S. with concierge services. Elective international patients want extra amenities in addition to high-quality care. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Cardio Services—Keeping Pace With the Pulse of Population Health

As healthcare providers broaden cardiovascular programs and invest more in population health, IT integration, and outpatient facilities, many face increased margin pressure. This report reveals the key differences between stand-alone hospitals and health systems and how partners across the care continuum will play a greater role in helping to meet both patient needs and financial goals. Download Today >>>



News Headlines

Hospitals sue Medicare over 'two-nights' rule

The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 16, 2014

HMA posted $329 million loss in final year

News-Press.com, April 16, 2014

Tufts, Lowell hospital uniting

The Boston Globe, April 16, 2014

Report: 5 died after infections tied to linens at Children's Hospital

The New Orleans Advocate, April 16, 2014

Man found dead of gunshot wound in Johns Hopkins Hospital bathroom

The Baltimore Sun, April 16, 2014

How being a doctor became the most miserable profession

The Daily Beast, April 15, 2014

Doctors overlook lucrative procedures when naming unwise treatments

Kaiser Health News / The Chicago Tribune, April 15, 2014

Healthcare reform unfinished, part 1: Hospitals take a hit

CBS Philadelphia, April 15, 2014

New fire safety regs for hospitals

The Hill, April 15, 2014

Opinion: How will Boomer, Gen-X, Millennial doctors respond to healthcare changes?

Forbes, April 14, 2014



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Physicians at the Crossroads

Doctors are facing critical decisions that will affect their future role in healthcare delivery, especially when it comes to developing care and payment models. >>>

 

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