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December 17, 2012


Top Stories
By Joe Carlson | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The collision of old-world antitrust enforcement and new ideas like accountable care, bundled payments, value-based purchasing and patient-centered medical homes has ratcheted up the uncertainty over healthcare deals.
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By Merrill Goozner | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Anything done in haste isn't likely to stand the test of time, especially when it comes to fundamentally restructuring the nation's signature healthcare programs.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
It often feels as if the term “excellence” has lost a lot of its cultural currency. These days, the word is thrown around so casually and ubiquitously that it has become more of a buzzword than a true measure of exceptional performance.
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Late News
By Jaimy Lee, Maureen McKinney, Melanie Evans and Andis Robeznieks | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A study finding that proton-beam therapy is no more effective than standard radiotherapy in treating patients with prostate cancer has again raised questions about the validity of the expensive and emerging treatment in a cost-conscious healthcare environment.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Baylor Health Care System, Dallas, and Scott & White Healthcare, Temple, Texas, signed an agreement of intent to merge, a move they characterized as designed to prepare for the changes expected as a result of healthcare reform (see story, p. 6). With the industry moving toward a greater focus on...
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Cover Story
By Joe Carlson | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The collision of old-world antitrust enforcement and new ideas like accountable care, bundled payments, value-based purchasing and patient-centered medical homes has ratcheted up the uncertainty over healthcare deals.
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Features
By Andis Robeznieks | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Isolation—it's a feeling rural docs are used to. It especially comes to the forefront when organizing a peer-review panel and country doctors are reminded that peers are few and far between.
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Special Feature
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
It often feels as if the term “excellence” has lost a lot of its cultural currency. These days, the word is thrown around so casually and ubiquitously that it has become more of a buzzword than a true measure of exceptional performance.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Located in the midst of rolling farm country, Hershey, Pa., lacked for farmers markets—or so Daniel George, assistant professor at Penn State College of Medicine's Hershey campus, found when he asked around.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
With 15% of American children overweight and another 15% on the cusp, OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, Ill., has tightened its focus on education and outreach through the Children and Teens Choosing Health, or CATCH initiative, which began during the summer of 2012.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Studies have shown that patients are 30% less likely to be readmitted or visit the emergency department if they understand their discharge instructions. And in October, the CMS began penalizing hospitals when Medicare patients are readmitted for what the agency deems to be avoidable reasons.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Having the right personnel on hand and the right equipment in place enabled Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, Calif., to stabilize, diagnose and revive unconscious 3-day-old Caleb Peltier, who arrived by ambulance and presented with a critical congenital heart defect.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Since August 2011, the emergency department at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Ky., has put patients on a much faster track: Length of stay is down by more than 40 minutes; wait time for a physician is down from 48 to 12 minutes; the number of patients leaving before being seen (and...
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Patient dissatisfaction with appointment wait times coupled with increasing surgical volume led New England Baptist Hospital to closely examine its pre-admission screening unit. The hospital worked to identify and eliminate roadblocks to greater efficiencies, aimed at reducing the average of 173...
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Many patients at the Cancer Center at 208-bed Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb., either lack insurance and/or drive long distances to receive their care. In addition to the financial burdens of hospital bills, they struggle to cover their copayments on medications and the gas they need for...
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
New England Baptist Hospital, a 162-bed orthopedic facility in Boston, has long prided itself on its “legendary service.” But when the hospital dipped from the 99th percentile in patient satisfaction in mid-2011—the only time in the past five years—it re-tripled its efforts...
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The failure of dialysis patients to undergo treatments as often and as long as doctors recommend causes them to end up sicker and back in the hospital sooner, decreasing their quality of life and increasing healthcare costs. But the very process of going through dialysis brings on stress, pain,...
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
After rates of compliance on hand hygiene declined from 2009 to 2010, Sycamore Shoals Hospital in Johnson City, Tenn., created a Hand Hygiene Team to scrub the facility's policies and practices. That team, in turn, launched the Bugs Under Medical Management to Eliminate Resistance program to remind...
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Editorial
By Merrill Goozner | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Anything done in haste isn't likely to stand the test of time, especially when it comes to fundamentally restructuring the nation's signature healthcare programs.
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Letters
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The article about Medical Device Innovation Consortium (“Consortium aims to speed device reviews,” Dec. 3, ModernHealthcare.com) covers the concerns of the very vocal,...
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By the Numbers
By Modern Healthcare
A list of the nation's 32 largest revenue-cycle management companies, ranked by total number of healthcare revenue-cycle contracts in 2011. Source: Modern Healthcare's 2012 Revenue Cycle Firms Survey. Published Dec. 17, 2012, p. 32.
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News Makers
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The American Society of Anesthesiologists appointed Paul Pomerantz, currently the worldwide executive director of the Drug Information Association, as CEO, effective March 4. Pomerantz, 60, succeeds Barbara Fossum, who has served as the Park Ridge, Ill.-based ASA's interim CEO since...
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Outliers
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The bacterial zoo inside your gut could look very different if you're a vegetarian or an Atkins dieter, a couch potato or an athlete, fat or thin.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Outliers noticed that since it's the most wonderful time of the year, emergency physicians are talking about a heart condition that they are calling “holiday heart,” and it's not very jolly.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
How many times has a barely raised eyebrow or an ever-so-slight smile ruined your chances to successfully go “all in” during a game of Texas Hold 'em? Too many times, is Outliers' guess.
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