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Top 10 Best Practices chosen by Modern Healthcare readers

Top 10 Best Practices chosen by Modern Healthcare readers

By Jaclyn Schiff  |  July 09, 2016

We asked readers to select up to three out of 25 topics covered in the Best Practices feature since it was launched in 2013. The top 10 vote-getters include using scribes to aid physicians, payers publishing the cost of services and ways to smooth the discharge process.

Most important best practice? Readers say partnerships targeting readmissions

Most important best practice? Readers say partnerships targeting readmissions

By Jaclyn Schiff  |  July 09, 2016

Hospitals are concluding they have to work very closely with healthcare providers, community organizations, families and patients themselves if they're going to keep people out of hospital beds—the new mandate under Medicare and fast-growing models of value-based payment.

Innovations: Connecting to patients with mobile tech

Innovations: Connecting to patients with mobile tech

By Beth Kutscher  |  June 11, 2016

Plano, Texas-based Vivify Health's software platform allows clinicians to monitor and check in with patients at home. The highest-risk patients are provided with a tablet, while others access the tools through their own devices.

Innovations: Evolent helps with high-risk patients

Innovations: Evolent helps with high-risk patients

By Beth Kutscher  |  May 28, 2016

Evolent's technology and consulting platform can help identify high-risk patients by analyzing data from multiple sources and then create physician-driven care-management plans.

CMS talk, policy at odds in eliminating health disparities

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 21, 2016

I read with great interest the recent Q&A “We're trying to build the business case for achieving health equity,” (April 25, p. 30), based on an interview with Cara James, Ph.D., director of the CMS' Office of Minority Health.

Bill would exempt many cancer hospitals from site-neutral payment

By Shannon Muchmore  |  May 20, 2016

A bill introduced this week would allow cancer hospitals currently exempt from the Prospective Payment System to see no change in reimbursement despite a provision for site-neutral payments that was included in a budget agreement last year.

Bill targets socio-economic factors in hospital readmissions

Bill targets socio-economic factors in hospital readmissions

By Shannon Muchmore  |  May 19, 2016

The bipartisan legislation put forward this week would also allow off-campus hospital outpatient departments currently under construction to continue receiving higher rates than similar facilities that aren't owned by hospitals.

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.

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