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Industry group accuses House of "trickery" in last-minute SGR temp fix

Despite industry opposition, the Senate may approve a temporary fix to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula on Monday in order to avoid a 24 percent physician pay cut that will take effect April 1 if legislators can't agree on a solution. 

Healthcare leaders must balance profits, social good

Healthcare providers face skyrocketing healthcare spending across the United States, funding cuts and dwindling Medicaid reimbursements--but leaders must focus on the social good their organizations can do rather than just making money, according an article in The Atlantic.

HealthCare.gov enrollments surpass 6M as sign-up deadline approaches

In a crucial milestone, HealthCare.gov topped 6 million sign-ups, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Administrator Marilyn Tavenner wrote in a blog post.

7 ways hospitals build leadership development programs

As hospital CEO and administrator turnover reaches an all-time high, having a succession plan is more important than ever.

House approves temporary SGR fix

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a temporary fix to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) for one year in a bill that also delays ICD-10 implementation until at least October 2015 and postpones hospital compliance with the controversial "two-midnight rule"and recovery audits of medically unnecessary claims until March 2015.

Interprofessional healthcare takes center stage at universities, academic institutions

Interprofessional healthcare is more than a buzzword or a trend. The team-based approach is now a guiding principle at academic and healthcare training organizations and patient-centered medical home models, and what's more, it's the way of the future, according to Bruce Gould, M.D., associate dean for primary care at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and director of the Connecticut Area Health Education Center.

RWJF report examines healthiest, least healthy counties

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released its "County Health Rankings Key Findings Report," which explores national and regional trends on how children in poverty, college attendance, preventable hospital stays, smoking and physical inactivity influence health.

Consumer Reports ranks top 10 safest U.S. hospitals

U.S. hospitals vary widely on safety and likelihood of death from avoidable surgical complications, according to new rankings from Consumer Reports.

Cleveland Clinic: Quality improvement involves all hospital employees

Hospital that want to create a culture where all employees, from physicians to housekeepers, feel like caregivers must set and achieve goals for quality improvement, infection rates and patient experience, according to speakers from the Cleveland Clinic at the 2014 ACHE Congress in Chicago.

1 in 25 patients acquire hospital infections

About one in 25 hospital patients acquired an infection during their stay in 2011, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

House readies for short-term SGR fix

In a last-minute deal likely to disappoint physicians across the country, the House of Representatives has reached a deal to delay physician Medicare reimbursement cuts under the sustainable growth rate formula for another year. Congress will likely vote on the bill Thursday.

Population health a top concern among healthcare leaders

Population health was a hot topic at the 2014 American College of Healthcare Executives Congress in Chicago this week, with healthcare leaders from around the nation and world sharing ways to improve health under value-based care initiatives.

3 emerging trends in healthcare

Healthcare leaders will notice three emerging major trends this year, according to an opinion piece in Information Week

Resident work-hour limits may increase patient complications

Restrictions on duty hours for surgical residents do not improve patient outcomes, and may contribute to patient complications and certification exam failure rates, according to a research paper published in the Annals of Surgery.

Patient experience gets a seat at the C-suite table

With patient experience playing an increasingly large role in healthcare, more hospitals seek chief patient experience officers (CXOs) to lead the initiative, Information Week reports.

Use Baldrige, Joint Commission standards to improve quality, processes

Hospital leaders and strategists must adopt Baldrige criteria to improve quality and processes for not just a shot at a prestigious award, but to ensure the best, most efficient care possible for patients, The Joint Commission and the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recommended at the 2014 American College of Healthcare Executives' (ACHE) Congress in Chicago this week.

4 leadership strategies for young hospital CEOs

The pressures of overseeing a major healthcare organization are never-ending, but it's especially difficult when your direct reports have more experience than you do. To help young CEOs--or those who may be new to the healthcare industry--learn from his experience, hospital CEO Nicholas R. Tejeda offers four pieces of advice.

Pew poll shows most people disapprove of ACA, but still want the law to work

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is about to celebrate its four-year anniversary but the law remains unpopular with the public, according to the latest survey from the Pew Research Center. 

Hospitals, nurses clash on staffing ratios

Massachusetts nurses and hospital executives are at odds over legislation that would require lower nurse-patient ratios, New England Public Radio reports.

CEO compensation: Boards must protect hospital interests

In a turbulent time of hospital consolidations, higher than ever CEO turnover, proposed limits on executive pay and declining Medicare reimbursements, hospitals and healthcare systems have their work cut out for them when negotiating CEO compensation.