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ACOs, other delivery reforms shift job roles at hospitals

ACOs, other delivery reforms shift job roles at hospitals

By Melanie Evans  |  September 20, 2014

Hospitals' need to cut costs and coordinate care is driving health systems to give clinical and clerical workers greater responsibility for direct patient services, freeing up more-credentialed professionals for work only they are qualified to do.

Reform Update: Anthem's Vivity alliance with seven L.A. systems aims at Kaiser

Reform Update: Anthem's Vivity alliance with seven L.A. systems aims at Kaiser

By Melanie Evans  |  September 17, 2014

News of an unusual joint venture between Anthem Blue Cross and seven Los Angeles health systems signaled new competition for Kaiser Permanente, the integrated health system with one of California's largest insurers. It also underscores the eagerness across the industry to broker novel and riskier...

Advocate, NorthShore merger continues trend toward regional supersystems

Advocate, NorthShore merger continues trend toward regional supersystems

By Bob Herman  |  September 13, 2014

The merger between Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem creating a $7 billion academic-suburban behemoth reinforces the growing national trend of large, financially stable hospital systems realigning as regional mega-systems.

More hospitals shunning furniture with flame retardants

More hospitals shunning furniture with flame retardants

By Jaimy Lee  |  September 11, 2014

A few months ago, Kaiser Permanente said it would stop buying furniture with flame retardants because the chemicals are believed to be toxic. Now several other large hospital systems are following suit.

Skogsbergh voted AHA's chair-elect

Skogsbergh voted AHA's chair-elect

By Bob Herman  |  July 21, 2014

Jim Skogsbergh, CEO of Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care, will be the next chair-elect of the American Hospital Association.

Truven's 15 Top systems: Consistency boosts quality

Truven's 15 Top systems: Consistency boosts quality

By Sabriya Rice  |  April 19, 2014

Some hospital systems working to improve performance have turned the phrase "in a rut" into a constructive concept as they institute protocols to improve the consistency and efficiency of healthcare for patients.

Reform Update: Advocate Health sees progress with ACO

Reform Update: Advocate Health sees progress with ACO

By Melanie Evans  |  March 26, 2014

Advocate Health Care says that early results in operating Medicare accountable care organizations have been promising but that progress has been achieved through failure, experimentation and adaptation.

Joint venture SharedClarity adds McLaren to list of owners

Joint venture SharedClarity adds McLaren to list of owners

By Jaimy Lee  |  February 03, 2014

McLaren Health Care Corp. is the latest health system to take an ownership stake in SharedClarity, a joint venture that pairs UnitedHealthcare's claims data with clinical data, medical studies and physician input to improve purchasing decisions for high-priced medical devices.

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