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Editorial: Healthcare alone won't reverse coming longevity decline

Editorial: Healthcare alone won't reverse coming longevity decline

By Merrill Goozner  |  April 23, 2016

New CDC data show white women on average lived slightly shorter lives in 2014 compared to 2013. Most experts agreed it was a worrisome harbinger of what awaits other groups suffering the ill-effects of our increasingly unequal society.

15 Top Health Systems cultivate a culture of transparency

15 Top Health Systems cultivate a culture of transparency

By Maria Castellucci  |  April 23, 2016

Fostering a culture of transparency on performance measures is one of the key strategies used by the health systems that made this year's list of Truven Health Analytics' 15 Top Health Systems.

CMS will test paying more for skilled nursing to curb hospital readmissions

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 26, 2016

The CMS will test whether paying skilled-nursing facilities more will reduce avoidable hospital admissions among their long-term-care residents. Industry stakeholders say the move acknowledges the role of post-acute-care facilities in improving quality of care, something integral to the upcoming...

No romance? Your hospital stay could be longer

No romance? Your hospital stay could be longer

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 13, 2016

If you were alone for Valentine's Day, more than the health of your love life could be at risk. People who have never been married have longer hospital stays and are more likely to return for follow-up care within 30 days of a procedure, studies find.

Hospitals under pressure to cut readmissions for minorities, poor

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 26, 2016

The CMS is pushing hospitals to establish more aggressive care plans and to team up with non-medical personnel such as social workers in a new guidance aimed at reducing readmissions for minority and low-income Medicare enrollees.

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