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Advance care planning vital to true patient-centered care

Advance care planning vital to true patient-centered care

By Dr. Richard Lopez  |  April 30, 2016

A report issued by the Dartmouth Atlas Project this year found that as people age, many continue to receive care that does not align with their own preferences. This is especially true at the end stages of serious illnesses.

Commentary: The triple aim of healthcare reform—where does the ED fit in?

Commentary: The triple aim of healthcare reform—where does the ED fit in?

By Dr. Anthony Napoli  |  April 27, 2016

The emergency department sits at the crossroads of outpatient and inpatient medicine. However, the unsubstantiated perception is that many who go to the ED are misusing this resource. EDs are frequently described as expensive and often the target of public health officials trying to reduce...

Commentary: We can't lose focus on quality in pursuit of healthcare value

Commentary: We can't lose focus on quality in pursuit of healthcare value

By Dr. Catherine H. MacLean  |  April 23, 2016

It's widely recognized that the U.S. pays more for healthcare than other developed nations, yet achieves comparatively worse health outcomes, leading for calls to lower costs to improve value. But what if we increased quality at the same cost?

Commentary: Healthcare realities in rural Oklahoma

Commentary: Healthcare realities in rural Oklahoma

By Landon Hise  |  April 20, 2016

Oklahoma's rural healthcare is going up in flames, and state leaders won't take the steps necessary to douse the fire, says Landon Hise, a hospital CEO from that state.

Commentary: Most top-rated health systems still on board with ACA plans

Commentary: Most top-rated health systems still on board with ACA plans

By Katherine Hempstead  |  April 11, 2016

A lot of attention is being paid to how health insurance products in the ACA marketplaces have changed this year. There are scattered reports about loss of access to specialty hospitals in some markets, and a general narrative suggesting that overall access to top-rated providers in marketplace...

Commentary: Catalyzing the chemistry of healthcare change

Commentary: Catalyzing the chemistry of healthcare change

By Dr. Roy Smythe  |  April 08, 2016

While we have been writing and talking about impending shifts in the business and care-delivery models of American medicine for some time, the pace has been maddeningly slow. But three catalysts are indeed beginning to accelerate change.

Commentary: Price transparency critical to success under bundled payment

Commentary: Price transparency critical to success under bundled payment

By Michael Alkire  |  April 07, 2016

Moving to bundled payment represents a sweeping change for most healthcare systems. On one hand, bundled payment poses financial risk. On the other, it offers an opportunity to crack one of the toughest nuts in healthcare cost—the world of physician preference items.

Commentary: Cut the strings on software

Commentary: Cut the strings on software

By Jonathan Bush  |  April 06, 2016

The electronic health record was meant to be the “Great IT Hope,” yet decades later, healthcare still languishes in a disconnected state, says Athenahealth co-founder Jonathan Bush.

Commentary: Partnering with startups can help systems find their entrepreneurial side

Commentary: Partnering with startups can help systems find their entrepreneurial side

By Dr. Nick Turkal and Steven Krein  |  April 02, 2016

We're living in a unique moment in the history of healthcare. It's never been more important for leading organizations to start making bold changes that will help them nimbly adapt to the diverse needs of patients and better integrate new technologies that improve the quality of care.

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