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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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Safety net hospitals can thrive under reform
By Kate Walsh | May 31, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Never in America's history has more attention been paid to our healthcare system. As an industry and at our hospitals, we need to figure out how to get rid of excess costs and accept that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the resulting focus on wellness and better management of chronic conditions are here to stay.
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Community health centers need continued extra funding
By Dr. Gary Wiltz | May 24, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
As a young doctor, my first job was serving in one of the poorest and most rural parishes in Louisiana. I had a three-year commitment to serve with the National Health Service Corps, which, in return, paid for my medical education. Thirty-two years later, I'm still there, leading the same community health center where I started.
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Teamwork key to reducing lab-results errors
By Dr. Steven H. Kroft | May 17, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Laboratory results are involved in the vast majority of patient diagnoses and treatment plans. The tests that generate those results are proliferating in number and becoming increasingly complex and targeted. This is a concern for all healthcare providers, particularly those who order the tests and use the results to determine care for their patients.
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Healthcare's dysfunction offers opportunity
By Jonathan Bush | May 17, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The dysfunction of healthcare may very well be the greatest business opportunity out there. Those who can dig through the morass of rules, paperwork and bureaucratic obstacles have a frontier ahead of them in an industry where great service, low prices and convenience have yet to take hold.
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Kaiser's Bernard Tyson calls healthcare affordability "our obligation"
By Bernard J. Tyson | May 10, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A tremendous amount of time and energy has been devoted to discussing the number of people who have gained health coverage through the insurance exchanges. While it's premature to draw any concrete conclusions from the figures, it's encouraging that this journey begins with 8 million newly enrolled.
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Embracing 'retailification' of healthcare
By Ron Wince | May 03, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The term “patient” is slowly fading from healthcare. “Healthcare consumer,” on the other hand, is increasingly in vogue.
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The ROI of infection prevention
By Denise Murphy | May 03, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Patients who go to the hospital do not plan to get sicker while they are there. But it still happens all the time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 1 out of every 25 patients who enter a hospital contracts a healthcare-associated infection. Tragically, most of these infections are preventable.
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Defining the job description for population health
By Rita Numerof and Dr. David Nash | April 26, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Many healthcare organizations are scrambling to develop their own population-health strategies and looking to their physician leaders to take charge. That's put many chief medical officers in an uncomfortable position.
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Physician-industry teamwork advances care
By Dr. Robert E. Harbaugh | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Later this year, the CMS will start publishing data listing monetary interactions between physicians and biomedical companies as part of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. What will the headlines say?
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Don't do everything—a strategy to reduce costs, improve results
By Michael E. Porter and Dr. Thomas H. Lee | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
"World-Class Care Right in Your Neighborhood” sounds good as a marketing campaign, but as a strategy for healthcare systems, it is too often a formula for high-cost, mediocre care.
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