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Commonwealth Fund: U.S. healthcare is most expensive, but last in quality

For the fifth time, the United States' healthcare system ranks last in quality compared to 10 other industrialized Western nations, according to a report from the Commonwealth Fund.

How hospital CEOs avoid the unemployment line

Guest post by Kevin L. Shrake, a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a former hospital CEO, who serves as executive vice president/chief operating officer of MDR in Fresno,...

3 key elements for a successful ACO

Aligned incentives, partnerships and shared decision-making are three essential implements to a successful accountable care organization, according to a panel discussion at the AHIP Institute.

QIOs prevent thousands of hospitalizations, readmissions

Quality Improvement Organizations, through their work with healthcare providers, and federal, state and private partners, have prevented more than 95,000 hospitalizations and 27,000 readmissions among Medicare beneficiaries, according to the American Health Quality Association.

3 innate leadership skills of physicians

In an era of steep healthcare challenges, physicians are often asked to lead their organizations through myriad unprecedented changes. And although leadership and executive positions are often outside doctors' traditional roles, research suggests that physician leadership is key to helping organizations thrive.

 

7 strategies for preventing MRSA

Several large infection-control and healthcare organizations have joined to develop strategies hospitals can use to reduce the risk of spreading methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Healthcare leaders respond to Premier's hospital-acquired conditions report

Healthcare leaders reacted to a Premier Inc. analysis that found Medicare does not monitor several common, costly hospital-acquired conditions and shared their strategies for overcoming this drawback in a conference call Thursday.

How to balance patient satisfaction and quality care

Two years after a study tying higher patient satisfaction to higher hospital admissions, its coauthor clears up misunderstandings in how the industry interpreted its findings.

As FBI opens criminal probe, Congress pushes bill to improve veterans' access to care

As Congress moves ahead with bills to help thousands of veterans receive timely medical care, the FBI confirmed it will conduct a criminal investigation into allegations that staff at VA facilities used secret waitlists to cover up the fact that patients had to wait months for care.

29M have diabetes nationwide

More than 29 million Americans have diabetes, up from 26 million in 2010, but 25 prcent don't know they have it, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Medicare fails to track costly hospital infections

Medicare does not track several expensive, frequently occurring hospital complications, according to a new analysis by Premier, Inc.

Embrace retail clinic strategies to succeed with consumer-driven healthcare

Hospitals can learn from CVS and Walgreen's retail drugstores when it comes to competing in a consumer-driven healthcare environment, according to a commentary published Wednesday in Becker's Hospital Review.

House approves bill that allows veterans to bypass VA for medical care

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill that allows waitlisted veterans to seek medical care outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs in response to extremely long wait times at VA facilities.

Schools, health systems partner to integrate services for chronically-ill children

School and health systems in at least three states now take steps to better integrate their services to ensure that children who have chronic conditions receive the coordinated care they need, according to a Kaiser Health News article.

How healthcare organizations can prosper through change

The U.S. healthcare industry is in the midst of a sea change, and organizations should study other industries to learn how to navigate the chaos, according to global management consultants McKinsey & Company.

5 areas primed for healthcare innovation

With accountable care organizations achieving mixed results at best and population health management not yet attaining the desired results, efforts to improve accountability and drive innovation in the still-evolving healthcare world must embrace the ongoing transformation, two healthcare experts write in H&HN Daily.

 

Hospitals seek language interpreters with clinical expertise

Certified healthcare interpreters who have both medical expertise and translation skills are in demand within hospitals that want to not only communicate with patients, but also to guard against liability, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

5 pieces of the care coordination puzzle

As healthcare reform leads to a change from the fee-for-service payment model to value-based, quality-focused care, hospitals around the country must solve the care coordination puzzle.To help hospitals work toward this goal, FierceHealthcare examines the five aspects of care coordination that organizations must tackle.

Do healthcare systems truly integrate after a physician practice acquisition?

Many healthcare systems continue to seek deals to acquire physician practices in an effort to expand access to care as well as their market reach. Historically many of these deals don't work and a new Becker's Hospital Review article reveals that part of the problem may be due to the fact that systems focus on the external aspects of a merger and not the internal ones.

VA scandal: Healthcare execs may face criminal charges

Federal prosecutors will weigh criminal charges related to the Department of Veteran Affairs' (VA) ongoing investigation into the nationwide secret waitlist scandal at VA medical facilities.