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Senators Hear How Two-Midnight Rule Harms Patients, Hospitals

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 31, 2014

The financial impact of observation status has become a flashpoint for hospitals and seniors and is the focus of a hearing before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging.

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Hospitals Likely to Outsource ICD-10 at Launch

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 31, 2014

Nearly half of hospitals surveyed say they expect to outsource coding work; one hospital in five is already using outside resources for this purpose, a market research firm reports.

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Anatomy of 3 Health System Rebranding Efforts

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, July 30, 2014

There's more to rebranding than picking a new name. A closer look at this summer's rash of hospital and health system rebranding efforts finds three organizations that are much more than window dressing.

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Healthcare Costs Start With What We Eat

By: Christopher Cheney, for HealthLeaders Media, July 30, 2014

Using nutrition to improve the prevention, treatment, and palliative care of disease could be the most cost-effective cure for America's rising healthcare costs and health insurers are getting into the act.

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GAO Sees Oversight Gaps in States' Medicaid Funding

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 30, 2014

The Government Accountability Office reports that states are finding ways to pay for Medicaid that involve cost-shifting schemes that leave the federal government stuck with the tab.

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Intelligence Report: The New Quality Equation—Measuring Success and Eliminating Waste

By: July 16, 2014

Which quality metrics matter most? What's the best way to assign quality responsibilities? How can the EHR be better aligned with clinical processes to strengthen quality? From continuous improvement techniques to care models, this report provides the answers to these and many other questions.

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Roundtable: Healthcare-Acquired Infections: Culture Over Campaigns

By: June 24, 2014

Although healthcare-acquired infections have received wide spread attention from hospitals, healthcare associations, and regulators, they remain a serious patient care issue and an avoidable high expense. Five healthcare leaders discuss the cultural, leadership, and organizational changes needed for HAI prevention and treatment.

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