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Guest commentary: A prescription for what's ailing ACOs

Guest commentary: A prescription for what's ailing ACOs

By Dr. Elliott Fisher, Judd Gregg and Dr. James Weinstein  |  February 27, 2015

New payment models adopted by Medicare and many health plans have clearly led to better care for patients. They also might be helping to slow the overall growth of healthcare spending. Whether these gains can be sustained, however, is far from certain. And because many providers are still sitting...

Guest commentary: Partnering with a med-mal insurer to improve care, cut costs

Guest commentary: Partnering with a med-mal insurer to improve care, cut costs

By Larry Smith and Nat Cross  |  February 25, 2015

The popular stereotype of the role played by medical malpractice insurers in the nation's healthcare system is not positive. And it's true that hospitals and their insurers can be wary and contentious partners, tied together by financial necessity and the stark realities of a litigious society. But...

Health entrepreneurship on the rise

Health entrepreneurship on the rise

By Dr. Arlen Meyers  |  February 21, 2015

Entrepreneurship can be defined as the pursuit of opportunity with scarce resources. Biomedical and health entrepreneurs do the same thing with the goal of creating value by deploying innovation.

CHIME Time: The challenges of transitions after acquisitions

CHIME Time: The challenges of transitions after acquisitions

By Edith Dees  |  February 18, 2015

Mergers, acquisitions and affiliations are occurring across the country at a rate that seems to be accelerating. For chief information officers in particular, demands related to these unions can be as time-sensitive and unforgiving as achieving the CMS' information technology incentive requirements.

Lessons from 'Main Street' doctor practices

Lessons from 'Main Street' doctor practices

By Jeffrey Selberg and Dr. Arnold Milstein  |  February 14, 2015

We know that Americans spend significantly more on their healthcare, yet are not as healthy as citizens in other high-income countries. But what if the solutions to this ongoing national challenge are hiding in plain sight?

Guest commentary: Moving healthcare into a new state of openness

Guest commentary: Moving healthcare into a new state of openness

By Dr. John Halamka and Jonathan Bush  |  February 13, 2015

Dr. John Halamka and Athenahealth founder Jonathan Bush say the future of healthcare belongs to social, mobile, analytics and the cloud, and it is time for the healthcare IT industry to embrace these new technologies.

Better picture of patient experience requires more data, wiser use of it

Better picture of patient experience requires more data, wiser use of it

By Dr. Thomas Lee  |  February 07, 2015

The focus for competition in healthcare is moving toward meeting patients' needs with greater efficiency. As logical as this goal might be, measurement of the outcomes that matter to patients is an imperfect science, and improving those outcomes is a challenge.

Quality-of-care standards missing for homebound seniors

Quality-of-care standards missing for homebound seniors

By Dr. Bruce Leff and Dr. Christine Ritchie  |  January 24, 2015

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, our healthcare system is moving from one that rewards those who provide a high volume of services to one that rewards high-value services to patients.

CHIME Time: EHR strategies in an M&A environment

CHIME Time: EHR strategies in an M&A environment

By Robert Slepin  |  January 23, 2015

Merger-and-acquisition deals among healthcare providers continue unabated. Assuming bigger means better, health systems are merging, acquiring or affiliating with other hospitals and medical groups, forming larger integrated delivery networks. To maximize value and minimize risk from these...

Guest commentary: Engaging productivity at Sharp HealthCare

Guest commentary: Engaging productivity at Sharp HealthCare

By David Johnson  |  January 20, 2015

Toward the end of each year, Sharp HealthCare “occupies” the San Diego Convention Center to host its all-staff event. This gathering is the marquee event of the Sharp Experience, an all-encompassing program to engage, inspire and motivate its employees, which has helped Sharp's...

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