We do near miraculous things to diagnose and manage disease in medicine. But do we inspire the rest, recovery and sleep that is fundamental to physical healing and mental well-being?
The greater Phoenix metropolitan area is home to some of the nation's most dynamic and innovative healthcare systems.
Few things are constant these days in the ever-changing world of healthcare, but there's one incontestable certainty in the mind of every leader responsible for plotting the strategic direction of a hospital or health system: Value-based payment is here—and it's here to stay.
It's no secret that technology is changing how medical practices work. EHRs have already altered workflows, from the waiting room through discharge. But technology is also changing how patients interact with the practice, even influencing patients' decisions on which providers to use.
White sand beaches and sweet-scented leis are the tropical images most people conjure of Hawaii. Now it is conceivable that the Aloha State will help untangle the Gordian knot of end-of-life healthcare issues.
Drug shortages, such as those involving saline solution and the antibiotic piperacillin/tazobactam that are currently challenging hospitals, represent a complex problem that affects the ability of hospitals and other healthcare providers to treat their most vulnerable patients. Though recent...
Strategies for the next generation of integrated healthcare systems in the U.S. seem focused on two important components: First, patients are enrolled directly into hospital health plans. Second, healthcare personnel are employed—directly or indirectly—within an institutional framework.
With President Barack Obama's recent signing of legislation repealing the sustainable growth-rate formula for physician compensation and revising the Medicare qualified entity program, doctors will be paying more attention than ever to value.
Every year, the National Committee for Quality Assurance releases an annual State of Health Care Quality report. While the most recent report shows disappointing progress in key areas, it serves as an excellent blueprint to track where our healthcare system is making progress and identifies where...
The ability to analyze massive amounts of data for improved outcomes, both financial and clinical, has a limitation: inaccurate data. Bad data, or dirty data as it is often called, are the Achilles' heel of actionable information. Unfortunately, in healthcare, there's too much of it.
Fewer than five years ago, the American healthcare system was in acute distress. Nearly 50 million people were uninsured and anyone could be denied coverage because they had a pre-existing condition.
In June 2014, the Medical Group Management Association released the results of a questionnaire that ranked members' most pressing practice management challenges. In this edition of “Practice Makes Perfect,” we'll tackle No. 12 on that list: Engaging patients to improve outcomes.