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Guest Commentaries

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Dallas' brush with Ebola holds lessons for hospitals
Mike Leavitt | October 25, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
In years to come, Ebola's impact on Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas will likely become a risk-management classic.
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Collaboration called key for successful medical practices
Todd Evenson | October 25, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
In the years that I've spent working with medical practice administrators and executives, I've learned one important lesson: When you've seen one practice, you've seen one practice.
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Guest Commentary: ICD-10 won't help on cost control
David Johnson | October 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Implementing ICD-10 in 2015 will complicate the challenge of codifying treatment activity. AthenaHealth estimates there will be up to 69,000 diagnostic codes. Here's the elephant in the room. The gargantuan coding task supports revenue collection, not cost control. As long as the payment system reimburses for treatment activity and not treatment outcomes, doctors and hospitals must document the treatment process in excruciating detail.
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Chip Kahn sees successes, missed opportunities in health IT
Chip Kahn | October 18, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
President Barack Obama's January 2009 pledge to “computerize the nation's health records in five years” largely has come to fruition. As we look to the future, it is critically important to continue striving to realize a larger vision for health information technology.
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Practice Makes Perfect: Final rule expands meaningful-use reporting options for 2014
Robert Tennant | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
In June, the Medical Group Management Association released the results of a questionnaire that ranked members’ most pressing practice management challenges. In this edition of “Practice Makes Perfect,” we’ll tackle No. 8 on that list: participating in the CMS’ meaningful-use program for electronic health records.
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U.S.-European partnerships improve care on both sides of the Atlantic
Dr. Brent James | October 11, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The U.S. healthcare system is often compared to European systems in unflattering terms, yet European systems are under growing pressure to increase their care quality and efficiency. Many are looking to the U.S. for innovative, proven solutions.
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Declaring war on Ebola
Stephanie Pezard and Michael Shurkin | October 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
President Barack Obama's Operation United Assistance, which includes the deployment of 3,000 military personnel to West Africa to respond to the Ebola crisis, represents a dramatic push on the part of the U.S. to curb an epidemic that threatens to reach appalling proportions and destabilize an entire region. It is also a welcome recognition of the range of missions the U.S. military is increasingly able to tackle, particularly in disaster-management assistance.
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Implementing change best accomplished through physician engagement
Dr. Bill Fera | October 06, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
It's a mistake that happens quite often. When implementing change brought on by regulatory and operational challenges, physician engagement is often neglected. This can result in complete failure of an initiative that an organization has spent millions to achieve.
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Chief experience officer role gains traction under ACA
Brian Johnston | October 04, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
While the jury is still out on the long-term effectiveness and efficiencies of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the growing focus for hospitals on continual improvement of the overall experience patients have at their facilities is clearly taking root. In this area—that of positively driving the patient experience—the ACA certainly is playing an important role.
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Cost accounting—hospitals' nickel-and-dime path to profitability
David Johnson | October 03, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hospitals have long operated under an arbitrary fee-for-service model that pays for volume, not outcomes. Unfortunately, the intense focus on optimizing revenue has atrophied their ability to understand and manage operating costs. To adapt, hospitals must develop sophisticated cost accounting capabilities that align quality improvement with cost reduction.
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What's at stake in effort to diminish 340B program
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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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