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Oregonians use ER less, docs more after Medicaid expansion

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 23, 2016

After expanding Medicaid, residents of Oregon are largely able to find a doctor and have dropped ER visits, despite a more than 50% increase in the number of people using the program, according to a new analysis by the state.

Premier introduces QUEST 2020, newest hospital quality initiative

By Erica Teichert  |  June 21, 2016

Premier is launching a new data sharing initiative to help hospitals meet federal reimbursement requirements. An earlier iteration is credited with preventing 176,000 deaths and saving $15 billion at 350 hospitals over eight years.

Indiana hospitals seek to lower sepsis mortality rate

By Associated Press  |  June 19, 2016

Most people know the early signs of heart attacks and strokes, but they aren't as familiar with sepsis, a medical condition that kills more than 258,000 people in the U.S. each year.

Premier conference focuses on healthcare innovation

By Shannon Muchmore  |  June 18, 2016

Advances in lung and breast cancer screening, neonatal and scoliosis imaging, tissue management, perinatal heart rate monitoring, blood supply management and fascial closures will be showcased this week at a conference highlighting innovation.

Tread carefully on measures for patient satisfaction

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 18, 2016

Regarding the recent online commentary “Yelp CEO says online reviews could beat 'gold standard' healthcare measures," patients' perceptions of their care do have value, and their complaints can be drivers for systemic change. A key word is “perception.” And reality for many people...

CMS finalizes changes to  ACO cost targets

CMS finalizes changes to ACO cost targets

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 06, 2016

The CMS has finalized changes to the way it evaluates whether Medicare accountable care organizations are saving money, responding to persistent complaints that the program was harder for efficient providers because they had to compete against their own success.

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