The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Marilyn Tavenner as the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She has served as acting CMS administrator since late 2010 and now is the first confirmed leader of the agency in more than nine years.
Tavenner had the backing of several medical groups, including the American Medical Association (AMA), the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Read more...
This week, FieceHealthcare reported on healthcare's "dirty little secret" about coordinated care: it's not very well coordinated and no one is responsible for it.
The "secret" was aired in a Kaiser Health News/Washington Post article, in which hospital patient advocates bemoaned confusion about who is managing a patient's care, provider miscommunications, unsafe hospitalist workloads and lack of coordination among caregivers.
And exacerbating that lack of coordination is the fact that most physicians need more help than is currently available to create and sustain team-based care--key to implementing coordinated care plans.
Such reports make me worry that healthcare's "little secret" isn't all that little. Read more...
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