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Ascension seeks productivity elixir from its joint venture in Cayman Islands

By Merrill Goozner  |  February 06, 2016

Ascension is looking to its Caribbean joint venture with India's Narayana Health to provide a model for enhancing hospital productivity. But bringing the model home would require major changes in physician and nurse behavior, an overhaul in surgical and postoperative care, and regulatory reforms.

ACHE Gold Medal Winner: Exec wants nurses to have role in healthcare evolution

By David Royse  |  February 06, 2016

After nearly 40 years in nursing, Linda Knodel has witnessed many changes in the field, including the expansion of technology in patient care, shifts in care settings and skill sets, and even changes in the work-life balance expectations of nurses. But one thing has remained constant:...

Tackling the social determinants of health

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 06, 2016

Urban public health departments are launching new initiatives to address the social determinants of ill health, which are now seen as a contributing factor to the social unrest of recent years. Experts say such efforts represent an evolution of the core mission of public health departments.

Late News

FDA vows changes to opioid drug policies

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 06, 2016

In response to the nation's opioid abuse epidemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will change its policies on reviewing new painkillers. It will also carefully consider any new labeling for pediatric use of the drugs.

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Regional News

Flint hospital, state sued over Legionnaires' outbreak

By Adam Rubenfire  |  February 06, 2016

A $100 million lawsuit has been filed against McLaren Flint hospital and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on behalf of four patients who allegedly contracted Legionnaires’ disease while being treated at the facility.

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ACA enrollment pleases HHS, but insurers have some complaints

By Bob Herman  |  February 06, 2016

HHS says that 12.7 million people signed up for 2016 coverage through the insurance exchanges, well within previously stated expectations. Now the Obama administration must ensure that the risk pool evens out so that premiums will stabilize and insurers will remain interested in selling the plans.

ACA offers a lower-cost option. Why are only two states using it?

By Harris Meyer  |  February 06, 2016

Here's what Manhattan freelance writer Marcella Durand feared when she went to an Affordable Care Act enrollment counselor for 2016 health insurance: a “terrible premium with a terrible deductible for a plan that covered nothing.” But she was "absolutely surprised" by a low-cost option.

Does BlackRock's spending spree auger health stock comeback?

By Bob Herman and Dave Barkholz  |  February 06, 2016

BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, is placing big bets on healthcare stocks. The giant New York money manager, which oversees more than $4.5 trillion in assets, took large positions last year in at least 14 investor-owned healthcare companies and a host of medical-device and equipment...

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Ascension seeks productivity elixir from its joint venture in Cayman Islands

By Merrill Goozner  |  February 06, 2016

Ascension is looking to its Caribbean joint venture with India's Narayana Health to provide a model for enhancing hospital productivity. But bringing the model home would require major changes in physician and nurse behavior, an overhaul in surgical and postoperative care, and regulatory reforms.

Features

ACHE Awards: Recognizing outstanding healthcare achievement

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 06, 2016

The annual awards presented by the American College of Healthcare Executives recognize accomplished industry leaders at various stages of their careers. Read profiles of this year's winners, who will be feted during ACHE's annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership set for March 14-17 in Chicago.

ACHE Gold Medal Winner: Exec wants nurses to have role in healthcare evolution

By David Royse  |  February 06, 2016

After nearly 40 years in nursing, Linda Knodel has witnessed many changes in the field, including the expansion of technology in patient care, shifts in care settings and skill sets, and even changes in the work-life balance expectations of nurses. But one thing has remained constant:...

Tackling the social determinants of health

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 06, 2016

Urban public health departments are launching new initiatives to address the social determinants of ill health, which are now seen as a contributing factor to the social unrest of recent years. Experts say such efforts represent an evolution of the core mission of public health departments.

Editorial
Guest Commentary
Letters

Plenty of reasons why insurance shouldn't be employer-based, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 06, 2016

Regarding the Feb. 1 editorial “The future of employer-based insurance,” finally a rational discussion about this fundamental flaw in our system. There are numerous reasons why we don't need employers picking health plans for their employees, but we do need their money, which in reality...

Innovations

Innovations: Using data to create custom care plans

By Beth Kutscher  |  February 06, 2016

Managing large patient populations within value-based reimbursement models is placing new demands on clinical support staff to improve patient care coordination. It's created the need for software programs that go well beyond the typical electronic health record.

Q&A

Q&A: '2016 will be the year of change from the inside out,' IHI chief says

By Sabriya Rice  |  February 06, 2016

Derek Feeley, the former head of the National Health Service in Scotland, replaced Maureen Bisognano this year as CEO of Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He recently spoke with Modern Healthcare about the changes in healthcare and their impact on the organization.

By the Numbers

Healthcare share of GDP by country, 2016

February 06, 2016

A one page list of 21 OECD nations with universal coverage, ranked by percentage change of healthcare GDP from 2000 and 2013. Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Published: Feb. 8, 2016, p. 34.

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Data Points

Data Points for Feb. 8, 2016

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 06, 2016

Data Points for the week of Feb. 8, 2016, covered the following topics: antibiotic resistance, drug-resistant bacteria, C. diff infections, new antibiotics

Outliers

Ghostface Killah is pharma bad boy's newest target

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 06, 2016

In the mid-1990s, hip-hop artists Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. engaged in a legendary feud that involved both sides of the country, the East and West coasts. Both men wound up dead.

Tinder's newest hookup: STD testing

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 06, 2016

Tinder, one of the most popular social networking sites for those seeking casual hookups, wants to help people practice safer swiping.

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