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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.

Partnership aims to reduce hospital admissions for mental health conditions

By Jay Greene, Crain's Detroit Business  |  January 17, 2016

A partnership between insurer Molina Healthcare of Michigan and mental health provider Common Ground in Bloomfield Hills is tackling arguably the most expensive and chronically ill patients in the health care system: those who are dually enrolled in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Adjusting for social determinants in value-based payments still fuzzy

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 12, 2016

There's no question that race, gender, socio-economic status and health literacy influence a patient's healthcare access, cost and outcomes. But what's still fuzzy is an understanding of which factors are within a provider's control and how to adjust for these factors in value-based payments.

Blog: Location, location, location may impact hospital readmission rates

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 05, 2016

The socio-economic status of patients may explain some of the variation in hospital 30-day readmission rates. But it's the quality of the facilities where patients go when they are discharged that could play a key role, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Health Affairs.

Specialized ambulances expedite stroke treatment

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 04, 2016

Cleveland Clinic and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ​have been leading​ clinical trials of mobile stroke units, which are enabling the hospitals to start stroke treatment before patients reach the hospital.

A new social network for healthcare providers

By John Pletz, Crain's Chicago Business  |  December 30, 2015

Ashish Shah had a hunch that social media—a tool used every day by healthcare providers outside work—could be the key to improving results on the job, too. It looks like he was right.

Keeping an eye on discharged patients

Keeping an eye on discharged patients

By Michael Sandler  |  December 05, 2015

Hospitals are stepping up their efforts to monitor patients after discharge to reduce readmission rates that can lead to Medicare penalties.

Honing heart care: Truven's top 50 cardiovascular hospitals

Honing heart care: Truven's top 50 cardiovascular hospitals

By Maria Castellucci  |  November 07, 2015

Intensive use of patient data for clinical and cost improvement are hallmarks of the hospitals that made this year's list of Truven Health Analytics' 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the U.S.

Q&A: 'We were one of the catalysts to get Detroit going again'

Q&A: 'We were one of the catalysts to get Detroit going again'

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 26, 2015

Joe Mullany, CEO of the Detroit Medical Center, discusses how his system's Medicare Pioneer ACO has achieved successful results and the challenges and rewards of operating in economically troubled Detroit.

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