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Q&A: Insurers don't want to share savings from reduced utilization

Q&A: Insurers don't want to share savings from reduced utilization

By Modern Healthcare  |  March 28, 2015

Modern Healthcare recently spoke with Dan Wolterman, president and CEO of Houston-based Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, about accountable care, tensions with insurers over starting a health insurance arm, and Memorial Hermann's shift to outpatient care.

MedStar looks for 'Starbucks seal of approval' when picking outpatient sites

MedStar looks for 'Starbucks seal of approval' when picking outpatient sites

By Andis Robeznieks  |  March 14, 2015

More healthcare organizations are establishing outpatient sites at converted retail spaces. Such renovations often take half as long as building from scratch and cost half as much, including site selection costs, zoning approvals and parking lot construction for a greenfield site.

Patient advocates oppose defunding N.Y. doc profile site

By Andis Robeznieks  |  February 28, 2015

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to save $1.2 million by defunding the state's NYDoctorProfile.com website is coming under fire from a coalition of 16 patient- and consumer-advocacy groups who call the plan “a dangerous step backwards in the effort for greater transparency in...

Data Points for March 2, 2015

Data Points for March 2, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 28, 2015

Data Points for the week of March 2, 2015, covered the following topics: Medicaid, Medicare, heart attack care and ICD-10 implementation

Innovations: Kaiser tests video visits to cut waits

Innovations: Kaiser tests video visits to cut waits

By Darius Tahir  |  February 21, 2015

Kaiser Permanente leaders in the system's mid-Atlantic region were frustrated by long patient wait times in their clinical decision units that handled urgent and short-term observation care.

Surgical setting depends on the body system

Surgical setting depends on the body system

By Rachel Landen  |  February 18, 2015

As changing healthcare delivery models continue to shift patients from inpatient to outpatient settings, it is becoming almost unheard of for certain common surgical procedures to require inpatient care, according to data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

CMS dialysis clinic ratings won't help patients, critics say

CMS dialysis clinic ratings won't help patients, critics say

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 31, 2015

Critics say the CMS star-rating system for dialysis clinics is too complicated for the average consumer because of how ratings are assigned. And in areas with few choices of facilities, they may be meaningless since consumers have no easily accessible alternatives.

Outlook 2015: Quality and safety

Outlook 2015: Quality and safety

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 03, 2015

The push for improved quality and safety metrics in healthcare will expand beyond the hospitals to the entire continuum of care in 2015.

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