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Patient Engagement Takes Physician Leadership

As providers become increasingly accountable for healthcare outcomes, patient engagement grows in significance.  Individuals should take responsibility for their health, but what role do the providers play in turning...

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Treating Patient as Partner

In our annual Industry Survey, leaders cite patient noncompliance and lack of responsibility as the fifth-greatest driver of healthcare costs at their organizations. Naturally, labor costs, government mandates, and clinical technology top the list, but a quarter of respondents pointed to patients as among the top three cost drivers, ahead of health plan overhead, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and malpractice litigation. What do healthcare leaders need to do to effectively engage patients and get them to become responsible healthcare partners?

Physician Compensation Incentives Shifting

As healthcare reform influences compensation models, many doctors expect relatively small pay increases in 2012.

Alliances: Pathways to an ACO

A fully integrated accountable care organization may be the goal, but for now, many healthcare leaders are focused on developing scale through alliances.

Do-It-Yourself IT Solutions

Providers’ goals for achieving meaningful use are at risk, in part, because of a shortage of IT techs. Now leaders are considering in-house efforts. But supply continues to trail demand.

Once You Have Them, Don't Let IT Staff Get Away
Supply Fails to Meet Demand
Demonstrating Quality
Margins in Jeopardy as 5010, ICD-10 Deadlines Loom

Providers who don't meet HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10 deadlines could blow their margins to smithereens. That should set healthcare leaders on contingency planning alert.

Managing the Continuum

Whether inside the hospital wall or beyond, initiatives large and small can improve care and reduce costs.

NICU: Tiny Patients, Big Concerns

Health systems are adopting technological improvements and clinical changes to improve outcomes while participating in educational campaigns to reduce a rising trend of late preterm births and resultant complications.   

Angel Eye
Pictures Worth 100 Years

Gary Lees, director of the department since 1983, has seen the technology and science revolutionize medical illustration. Through it all, he says, the interpretive skill of the artist remains a constant.


Scorekeeping
What's your score? That question piques curiosity and creates competition like few others, as this issue's cover story details.
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