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Five-Minute Consult: Focus on Physician, Specialist Communication

St. Elizabeth Healthcare is a five-hospital system in northern Kentucky. Joseph W. Gross, its president and CEO, found that communication was a big problem between primary care physicians in the community and the specialists working on their patients in the hospital. Nurses were often put in the middle, playing telephone tag between the doctors, which caused them to spend time on tasks that didn’t take advantage of their high-dollar skills. So Gross went hunting for a solution.

Healthcare Competition This Way Comes
Hospitals: Funding the 'Doc Fix'
Online, Wireless Patient Apps Save Time, Money
The Complex Calculations of Cancer Care

The cost of diagnosing and treating cancer is soaring, but defining overutilization and calculating ROI can be a challenge.

Healthcare Technology: Future Tense
Chargemaster Checkups Capture Lost Revenue

A chargemaster checkup can capture lost revenue, but perhaps more important, it can help prevent compliance issues.

Physicians Prep for Bundled, Performance-based Payments
Risk-Reduction Strategies for Healthcare Finance Leaders
Money Talk
How to Get New Nurse Managers Up to Speed

How are vacant nurse manager positions filled at your hospital? Too often, nurses are promoted to managers because they are excellent clinicians, critical thinkers, and communicators.

Wellness Service Lines Boost Hospital Revenue
Room for Improvement

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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