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3 ways to promote physician-led population health management

Though physician-led population health programs, including some accountable care organizations, have encountered some significant challenges, three types of innovations in physician leadership offer the best opportunity to overcome these barriers, according to a Health Affairs blog post.

Self-insured hospital expands into accountable care

As accountable care gains momentum in healthcare, one hospital isn't just focused on the general health of the population it serves. Instead, It is primarily concerned with the health of its employees, according to MedCityNews.

 

Secrecy about superbugs could put patient safety in jeopardy

The all-too-common secrecy surrounding superbug outbreaks at U.S. hospitals undermines promising strides the healthcare industry has made in the push for transparency, the Los Angeles Times reports.  

3 factors in highly effective value-based payment programs

A Health Affairs blog post identifies several common factors in value-based payment reform programs that have had success so far. Here are three of them.  

What hospitals can do to tackle the deadly threat of sepsis

To tackle the ongoing threat of sepsis--which contributes to as many as 50 percent of all U.S. hospital deaths--the medical community must change the way it responds to this deadly condition, according to a commission published in The Lancet.

How providers can curb unnecessary care with a 'do no harm' campaign

When two doctors started the Do No Harm Project at the University of Colorado-Denver, it was simply because they recognized that healthcare overuse is "an urgent ethical issue" in the medical field, said co-founder Brandon Combs, M.D., in a Thursday webinar hosted by the Lown Institute.

Obama signs SGR repeal bill as medical groups react to CMS warning

President Barack Obama made it official and permanently repealed the sustainable growth rate formula by signing a bill passed by the Senate earlier in the week, the Associated Press reports.

Do hospitals care too much about patient satisfaction scores?

Patient satisfaction is a key agenda item for hospitals in the post-Affordable Care Act landscape, but the industry may place too much importance on the issue, argues The Atlantic.

Maple syrup could help curb overuse of antibiotics

New research from McGill University reveals that a concentrated extract of maple syrup combined with common antibiotics increases the microbes' susceptibility, leading to lower antibiotic use, according to an announcement from the university.

Ninth Circuit St. Luke's decision ignores the American healthcare transformation

Guest post by David Balto, an antitrust attorney who previously served as the policy director for the Federal Trade Commission, and James Kovacs, associate attorney at the Law Offices of David Balto...

CMS rolls out five-star scale to rank hospitals on patient experience

In an attempt to simplify hospital quality ratings for consumers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has unveiled a new feature on its Hospital Compare website that ranks facilities on a five-star scale, CMS announced Thursday.

Mayo Clinic teams up with UnitedHealth to improve patients' 'financial experience'

UnitedHealth's Optum360 unit and the Mayo Clinic have started a provider-payer partnership to lower costs and improve the patient experience by streamlining their revenue management, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Nurse leadership program helps hospitals cut costs, improve outcomes

​Critical care nurses who participated in 16-month leadership and innovation training program developed initiatives that helped their hospitals save an anticipated $28 million a year and significantly improve clinical outcomes, according to the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Another reason to use Twitter: Tweets can predict emergency room visits

Twitter users who post personal health-related information online may help hospitals predict how many emergency room visits they can expect on a given day, according to new research from the University of Arizona.

Pioneer ACOs cut spending, but model may discourage savings

In their first year, Medicare's Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations generated moderate spending reductions, with greater savings for ACOs that started out spending more, but the current model is not conducive to future savings, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

SGR repeal won't save all docs from Medicare payment cuts

While providers and industry groups hailed Tuesday's long-awaited repeal of the controversial Sustainable Growth Rate formula, some doctors who treat Medicare patients will still see the 21 percent reimbursement cuts that the Senate's last-minute vote was intended to avoid, The Hill reports.

What the SGR repeal means for value-based payment models

Mere hours after the Senate pulled off a last-minute repeal of the long-problematic Sustainable Growth Rate formula, panelists at a forum hosted by the National Coalition on Health Care made it clear that while the "doc fix" bill represents a major step forward, it is only one piece of the healthcare reform puzzle.

How community health needs assessments promote hospital collaboration

Under the Affordable Care Act, nonprofit healthcare providers must conduct periodic assessments of community health needs and that requirement may have broad implications for the future of healthcare, according to Hospitals & Health Networks.

Physicians say good riddance to SGR, applaud Senate repeal vote

Physicians and healthcare industry leaders hailed last night's historic Senate vote to repeal the much-hated, flawed sustainable growth rate formula, a move many believe will allow more providers to take part in new delivery models that reward value and boost coordinated, high-quality care.

4 ways providers can boost health infrastructure in wake of disaster

Community health must be a higher priority both before and after disasters, according to a new paper from the Institute of Medicine.