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Let sleep be thy medicine

Let sleep be thy medicine

By Dr. Aaron George and Dr. Jonathan Bonnet  |  May 27, 2015

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?

Too many treading water in movement to value-based care

Too many treading water in movement to value-based care

By Kevin Lofton  |  May 16, 2015

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.

Practice Makes Perfect: Embrace the new era of online patient technologies

Practice Makes Perfect: Embrace the new era of online patient technologies

By Derek Kosiorek  |  May 13, 2015

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.

Talk to patients about what they want for end-of-life care

Talk to patients about what they want for end-of-life care

By Dr. Angelo Volandes  |  May 09, 2015

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.

Additional FDA action needed to mitigate drug shortages

Additional FDA action needed to mitigate drug shortages

By Curtis Rooney  |  May 08, 2015

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...

Integrated systems need to complete the loop with liability coverage

Integrated systems need to complete the loop with liability coverage

By Dr. R. James Brenner  |  May 06, 2015

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.

Data-sharing provisions of SGR fix will aid quality efforts

Data-sharing provisions of SGR fix will aid quality efforts

By Dr. John Toussaint  |  May 02, 2015

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.

More gains in quality, but always room for improvement

More gains in quality, but always room for improvement

By Margaret O'Kane  |  April 30, 2015

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...

Time to clean up our data act

Time to clean up our data act

By Bruce Johnson  |  April 29, 2015

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.

Healthcare reform helps Catholic systems advance mission

Healthcare reform helps Catholic systems advance mission

By Sister Carol Keehan  |  April 25, 2015

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.

Practice Makes Perfect: Improve outcomes by engaging patients using AIDET

Practice Makes Perfect: Improve outcomes by engaging patients using AIDET

By Robert Neuman  |  April 17, 2015

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.

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