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What's at stake in effort to diminish 340B program
By Bob Henkel | September 27, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Every day millions more patients who should take prescription drugs do not because of the high cost.
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Custom-fit your journey to improved patient safety
By John Wilbanks | September 27, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
It's no revelation that hospitals across the country are fervently working to improve patient safety.
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Separate dedicated foundation board serves hospitals best
By Theresa Pesch | September 20, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
For healthcare organizations to thrive in an era of constant market and regulatory commotion, having a well-integrated charitable foundation arm is increasingly essential.
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Narrow networks can provide clear benefits
By Joseph Berardo Jr. | September 20, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Health plans are redesigning benefits to encourage the use of higher-value providers.
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U.S. hospitals burdened by high administrative costs
By Dr. Steffie Woolhandler | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
When I was a kid in Shreveport, La., my father was chief of radiology at the local hospital. He also ran the hospital and supervised the cafeteria. Today he'd be the COO.
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Smoothing out peaks, valleys in admissions would save money
By Eugene Litvak | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
American healthcare is extraordinarily dynamic—with new technologies, government initiatives, structures of healthcare providers, improvement strategies and other potentially transformational initiatives.
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Medicare needs to end observation status for patients
By Dr. Chris Edwards | September 06, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Every time I see a story about the issue of observation services I feel compelled to reply. Quite frankly, it is the existence of observation services that is actually the problem. Any solution has to include the elimination of observation.
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Healthcare accreditors need to teach, and listen, too
By By Dr. W. Patrick Davey | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The shift of healthcare delivery from inpatient to outpatient settings continues at a rapid pace, allowing people to address their needs through practitioners and places never imagined 10 years ago.
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Can the biosensor market deliver on its potential?
By By Dr. Prakash Patel | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Implantable and wearable biosensor communications and the data they generate have the potential to significantly change the multitrillion-dollar healthcare industry.
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Population health management requires excellence in the basics
By Nathan Kaufman | August 23, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The concept of population health management is necessary, important and good, but the healthcare industry's current assumptions about the benefits of assuming global risk is déjà vu all over again.
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Hospitals need to manage costs to compete effectively
By Mark Claster | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The business of healthcare is becoming increasingly muddled as hospitals and insurance companies engage in a competition of sorts.
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Let evidence drive healthcare design
By Mark Haney | August 09, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
For more than 50 years, we provided excellent care for our patients at a 34-bed hospital in Paulding County, Ga., 25 miles outside Atlanta, but the facility was not designed for today's technology.
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Follow feds' call to action on interoperability
By Nicholas J. Valeriani | August 09, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Just over 10 years ago, Apple made a difficult decision that would have an extraordinary impact on its future. At a time when the company had only 3% of the computer marketshare, two executives defied Steve Jobs to make iTunes compatible with the Windows operating system. Making iTunes interoperable with the system used by the other 97% of computer owners subsequently revolutionized the recording industry and the way we experience music.
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Toxic workers put organizations at risk
By Elizabeth L. Holloway and Mitchell E. Kusy | August 02, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
While bullying has been a common topic, less known are those behaviors that do not reach the threshold of bullying—often referred to as “toxic behaviors.”
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Demographics add urgency for action on dementia long-term care
By Esther M. Friedman | July 26, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
What can be done to improve the situation of people with dementia and their caregivers?
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Care teams can boost access, patient education
By Dawn Morton-Rias | July 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
One of the most rewarding parts of my job as a clinical physician assistant has been talking with patients about their healthcare needs and concerns. But that type of one-to-one patient engagement and education is getting harder to do these days.
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Make hospital visiting hours 24/7
By Anna Roth and Sherry B. Perkins | July 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Imagine telling a grandfather that his young grandson, whom he raised, can't visit him while he's in the hospital intensive-care unit because it's after visiting hours.
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In ACO era, physicians will still play a leading—but changing—role
By David Dranove | July 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
More than 8 million Americans have signed up for health insurance thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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Building a perioperative surgical home model
By Dr. Jane C.K. Fitch | July 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Better outcomes, lower costs, more-satisfied patients. It's what we all strive for. And it's a goal that continues to elude us.
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NQF's Cassel seeks to build consensus for quality measures
By Dr. Christine Cassel | July 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
I am often asked to address the challenges that the growth of measurement and accountability requirements pose for the important goal of healthcare quality improvement. My thinking here has evolved over time.
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WellPoint's Joseph Swedish argues for collaboration, not integration
By Joseph Swedish | June 28, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A recent article in Modern Healthcare quoted my friend and colleague Lloyd Dean of Dignity Health who cautioned against the growing movement, or at least the intensifying interest, for health systems to enter the health insurance market. A similar trend has been slowly taking form on the payer side, as a handful of health plans more actively and aggressively explore delivery system acquisitions.
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HFMA chief says new wave of healthcare deals driven by value
By Joseph J. Fifer | June 21, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The healthcare industry is experiencing a seismic shift as hospitals and health systems realign. The demands of today's healthcare marketplace are spurring a new wave of acquisitions and affiliations among healthcare organizations. However, as consolidation ramps up, so does the debate about the merits of these mergers.
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Healthcare leaders live in today's world, plan for tomorrow's
By James H. Hinton | June 14, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
We are in a historic time in healthcare. At hospitals and health systems across the country, we have spent years preparing for and provoking change. While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act serves as our current catalyst for change, the change imperative evolved long before the ACA was signed into law.
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Payment reform requires end to fee-for-serivce
By Harold D. Miller | June 07, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The healthcare industry faces growing consternation that employment of physicians and consolidations of hospitals are increasing the power of healthcare providers to raise their prices.
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Re-engineering healthcare to reduce preventable deaths
By Joe Kiani and Robert J. Szczerba | May 31, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
When Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared in March with 239 souls aboard, the world searched for answers. They're still searching. Every year, more than 200,000 preventable deaths occur in the U.S., the equivalent of two Flight 370s every day. Here's how we can re-engineer our way to saving lives.
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