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A 30-Day Mortality Rate Mystery

Tinker Ready

Daily death rates for cardiac surgery patients in one large study jumped at the 30-day mark. Was it because physicians were treating the performance measure instead of the patient? What are the unintended consequences of quality of care and performance measures, anyway? >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Feds Stonewall ICD-10 Summit

On the first day of an AHIMA-organized summit, the Coalition for ICD-10 picked up a strong ally, America's Health Insurance Plans, but got no new information from federal officials about an implementation date. >>>

CDC: Try Drug Stewardship to Curb Antibiotic Overuse

Healthcare providers that adopt a leadership model of drug stewardship can reduce the inappropriate use of antibiotics in hospitals, says the CDC. >>>

Managed Care Contract Negotiations Morph Under PPACA

Negotiating a managed care contract is not the same as it was even a few years ago. Now all of the power providers have in managed care negotiations is in their ability to prove that they can manage quality and cost more effectively than the next guy, says one expert. >>>

3 Patient Experience Improvements Every Marketer Can Make

Patient experience lays the groundwork for every marketing initiative, yet many healthcare marketers feel they do not have a direct influence on how that experience is delivered. Here's how marketers' internal communication initiatives and C-suite influence can bring about positive change in the lives of patients. >>>

Why Cedars-Sinai Screens All Inpatient Adults for Depression

Risk factors that can adversely affect a patient's recovery or trigger a hospital readmission include behavioral issues. The chair of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Psychiatry discusses how screening for depression will become more widespread as hospitals adopt value-based reimbursement models. >>>

Cyberattack Drill Exposes Healthcare's Vulnerabilities

Healthcare organizations are at their weakest not necessarily on technical implementations, but in their ability to coordinate and collaborate across organizations, says a security expert. >>>

MetroHealth Revs Its Population Health Engine

As the healthcare industry makes the move toward population health management, providers are finding innovative ways to positively affect the health status of their communities—and lower costs in the process. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Advancing Clinical Quality from Data to Decisions

If two-thirds of healthcare leaders claim a "great deal of experience" with clinical quality and patient safety metrics, why are so many having difficulty turning that data into meaningful improvements? This report uncovers the technological and cultural barriers hampering clinical quality improvements and provides practical, proven recommendations to help overcome them. Purchase Today >>>



News Headlines

Medicare's $5 billion ambulance tab signals area of abuse

Bloomberg, April 24, 2014

Data governance required for healthcare data warehouse

InformationWeek, April 24, 2014

MIA in the war on cancer: Where are the low-cost treatments?

ProPublica / The Daily Beast, April 24, 2014

The case for seeing a nurse instead of a doctor

The Atlantic, April 24, 2014

FDA proposes program for faster approval of medical device

Reuters, April 23, 2014

Hospitals can speed stroke treatment, but it's not easy

NPR, April 23, 2014

Opinion: Stop the war on the emergency room

The Health Care Blog, April 23, 2014

Last-minute change in TN law lets hospitals drop patients

The Tennessean, April 22, 2014

Hospitals challenge observational case designation

Pittsburgh Business Times, April 22, 2014

House calls are making a comeback

The New York Times, April 22, 2014



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

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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