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Teaching docs how to have end-of-life talks

Teaching docs how to have end-of-life talks

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  August 15, 2015

After a series of conversations with surgeon-author Dr. Atul Gawande, Dr. Susan Block at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston has developed a standardized approach physicians can use to initiate and improve discussions about end-of-life concerns.

Pressure from purchasers will be 'painful' but 'beneficial'

Pressure from purchasers will be 'painful' but 'beneficial'

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 15, 2015

Dave Blom, CEO of Columbus-based OhioHealth, talks about the impact of Medicaid expansion, Ohio Gov. John Kasich's role in implementing that expansion, electronic health-record interoperability, and his approach to motivating employees.

Anthem subsidiary wins $7 million EHR incentive program contract

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 12, 2015

The CMS has awarded Anthem subsidiary National Government Services a contract to help it disburse incentive payments to Medicare providers that have met the standards for meaningfully using electronic health records.

Giving newborns distinct names cuts errors

Giving newborns distinct names cuts errors

By Maureen McKinney  |  August 01, 2015

Dr. Jason Adelman had long suspected that the naming system most hospitals use to temporarily identify newborns in the neonatal intensive-care unit could lead to confusion and wrong-patient errors. A new naming system showed how right he was.

Trying to soar with feet stuck in mud, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 01, 2015

There are advances being made in healthcare that border on the stunning. Witness the gains made by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong as one example. Despite laudable gains in knowledge and therapeutics, our healthcare picture remains saddled by inefficiencies and an unsustainable cost structure. In that same...

Technology expertise key for ACO growth

By Michael Sandler  |  July 11, 2015

The estimated number of Americans covered by accountable care organizations shot up 30.7% between 2014 and 2015, while the total number of ACOs ticked up only slightly from 726 to 738, according to Modern Healthcare's annual list of ACOs by state.

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