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Tackling the social determinants of health

Tackling the social determinants of health

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 06, 2016

Urban public health departments are launching new initiatives to address the social determinants of ill health, which are now seen as a contributing factor to the social unrest of recent years. Experts say such efforts represent an evolution of the core mission of public health departments.

Ascension seeks productivity elixir from its joint venture in Cayman Islands

Ascension seeks productivity elixir from its joint venture in Cayman Islands

By Merrill Goozner  |  February 06, 2016

Ascension is looking to its Caribbean joint venture with India's Narayana Health to provide a model for enhancing hospital productivity. But bringing the model home would require major changes in physician and nurse behavior, an overhaul in surgical and postoperative care, and regulatory reforms.

ACHE Gold Medal Winner: Exec wants nurses to have role in healthcare evolution

ACHE Gold Medal Winner: Exec wants nurses to have role in healthcare evolution

By David Royse  |  February 06, 2016

After nearly 40 years in nursing, Linda Knodel has witnessed many changes in the field, including the expansion of technology in patient care, shifts in care settings and skill sets, and even changes in the work-life balance expectations of nurses. But one thing has remained constant:...

Growing hospital systems stretch supply chains

Growing hospital systems stretch supply chains

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 30, 2016

Hospital systems that have acquired physician practices and outpatient treatment centers are wrestling with how to integrate them into their existing supply-chain distribution system. The goal is to extend the low prices achieved through bulk purchasing to these geographically dispersed facilities.

The new basic training for next gen physicians

The new basic training for next gen physicians

By Michael Sandler  |  January 30, 2016

A growing number of medical schools in the U.S. are immersing students in the nitty-gritty of direct patient contact and care from the start of their training. The schools' aim is to produce physicians who are more in tune with team-based and patient-centered care.

Seeking a solution for patient record matching

Seeking a solution for patient record matching

By Joseph Conn  |  January 23, 2016

Ensuring providers accurately match electronic health records with the right patient has emerged as a hot-button issue for the health information technology industry as its provider customers come under increasing pressure to freely share records with other providers.

Behind Pamplona's bid to build a revenue-cycle giant

Behind Pamplona's bid to build a revenue-cycle giant

By Melanie Evans  |  January 23, 2016

When partners with the private equity firm Pamplona Capital Management turned to healthcare for promising acquisitions, they rejected the industry's latest, hottest trends. They saw greater potential in healthcare's highly fragmented and high-growth market for outsourced revenue-cycle services.

Making checklists work: South Carolina's statewide experiment

Making checklists work: South Carolina's statewide experiment

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 23, 2016

South Carolina has become a laboratory to test a more focused approach to surgical checklists. It's a partnership with checklist champion Dr. Atul Gawande and Harvard. Leaders of the project estimate that it could save 500 patient lives a year by averting medical mistakes.

On the ground in Iowa: The real healthcare story as caucuses loom

On the ground in Iowa: The real healthcare story as caucuses loom

By Harris Meyer  |  January 16, 2016

Political observers say healthcare won't be the top issue for most Iowa caucusgoers when they gather to pick their respective party nominees. But sharply clashing views about Obamacare are helping shape the climate, conversations with healthcare providers and voters in Cedar Rapids suggest.

Looking for hot spots in the liability danger zone

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 16, 2016

For years, physician practices looking to lower their malpractice claims failed to tackle internal quality problems until they were hit with a huge settlement. That invariably meant they focused only on those particular situations. But now they're taking a much wider view.

10 to watch for 2016

10 to watch for 2016

By Merrill Goozner  |  January 09, 2016

Big insurance mergers, the evolution of the nation's delivery systems, the direction of drug and device regulation—these are some of the more important issues we'll be covering this year, and they drove our decisions on which people to watch in 2016.

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