All-payer data finds mixed results on readmissions in Massachusetts

Massachusetts' efforts to reduce unplanned hospital readmissions yielded mixed results in recent years, with a small portion of the patient population continuing to account for most readmissions, according to a new report from the state Center for Health Information and Analysis.

4 elements of a successful healthcare collaborative

A Portland, Oregon-based healthcare collaboration involving an insurer, a Seattle hospital system and an information technology company has reduced treatment costs, improved patient satisfaction and eliminated thousands of hours' worth of wasted work, according to a case study published in the Harvard Business Review.

How healthcare leaders can increase transparency, improve patient safety

Organizations must have transparency in order to create a true culture of patient safety. But it takes strong leadership to overcome the barriers to transparency ingrained in healthcare culture so that organizations can be open about errors and mistakes that harm patients and make changes in their systems to keep them from happening again, argue four members of the National Patient Safety Foundation's Lucian Leape Institute in a blog post for Health Affairs..

A year after VA scandal, little progress on waitlists

One year after reports of long waitlists and coverups of care delays rocked the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, not only have waitlists only grown longer, but a budget shortfall of nearly $3 billion could affect care for many veterans, according to a report in The New York Times.

Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Georgia tops list of most beautiful hospitals in US

A Georgia health center that was rebuilt after a tornado destroyed it is No. 1 on a list of the most beautiful hospitals in the United States.

Toby Cosgrove reveals the secret to Cleveland Clinic's care delivery transformation

Despite its challenges with hand-hygiene compliance and doctor-patient communication, Cleveland Clinic has had tremendous success with accountable care and improving patient safety and care access, according to CEO Toby Cosgrove, M.D., who spoke Friday at the sixth annual National ACO Summit in the District of Columbia.

Streamlined ER treatment leads to nationwide drop in coronary heart disease deaths

The New York Times takes an in-depth look at the changes in U.S. emergency rooms that have led to a 38 percent decline in the death rate from coronary heart disease from 2003 to 2013.

Clinical, patient engagement key to ACO success

Implementing an accountable care organization is nearly impossible without high-quality clinical engagement, according to a panel of healthcare leaders at Friday's sixth annual National ACO Summit in the District of Columbia.

Patients with surgical complications less likely to die if readmitted to same hospital

Patients who are readmitted to the hospital when complications occur after a major surgery are more likely to survive if they return to the facility where that original surgery took place, a new study finds. The research reveals the potential downside to medical tourism.

Pharmacy-led clinic helps Chicago hospital slash readmission rates

In another example of the growing role pharmacists play in healthcare, a discharge clinic, staffed with a pharmacist and nurse practitioner who meet with patients after their release from the hospital, has helped Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in Chicago cut its readmission rates, according to an article in Hospitals and Health Networks Daily.

Providers fear consequences of health insurance industry consolidation

As merger rumors intensify between the country's largest health insurers, healthcare providers worry that increased consolidation will spell bad news for them.

Leavitt Partners' Accountable Care Cooperative, Brookings' ACO Learning Network to merge

Leavitt Partners' Accountable Care Cooperative and the Brookings Institution's ACO Learning Network announced a merger that will create the world's largest accountable care collaborative.

Chief nursing officer's tale highlights need for empathy in healthcare

Guest post by Thomas Dahlborg, chief financial officer and vice president of strategy for NICHQ (National Institute for Children's Health Quality), where he focuses on improving child health and...

5 strategies to manage vulnerable patient populations

A panel of healthcare leaders discussed five key strategies organizations can use to manage the health of vulnerable patient populations during a session yesterday at the sixth annual National Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Summit in the District of Columbia.

National Patient Safety Foundation releases new guidelines for investigating medical errors

In addition to understanding why a medical error happened, healthcare organizations must also take strong action through its root cause analysis process to keep it from happening again, according to new guidelines released this week by the National Patient Safety Foundation.

Community partnerships, health navigators crucial to engage patients

Leaders of two accountable care organizations shared the strategies they use to actively engage patients and improve healthcare delivery and outcomes while reducing costs during Wednesday's preconference session of the sixth annual National ACO Summit in the District of Columbia.

Readmissions from two chronic illnesses drop in Pennsylvania

Readmission rates at Pennsylvania hospitals are improving--at least for some chronic conditions, according to a new report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4).

How Kaiser Permanente encourages healthcare innovation

Innovation is more than a buzzword in an industry as volatile as healthcare. Kaiser Permanente, one of the country's largest health systems, is using "pull strategies" to attract people to new ideas, according to Benjamin K. Chu, M.D., executive vice president of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, based in Oakland, California.

Regulators hit Idaho health system for not unwinding physician practice acquisition

State and federal regulators claim Idaho-based St. Luke's Health System is not complying with a federal court decision to unwind its acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group, the state's largest physician practice, according to the Idaho Statesman.

The patient safety threats no one talks about

Threats to patient safety such as hospital-acquired infections, patient falls and medical errors make nationwide headlines, but lesser-known safety threats such as dietary errors and hazardous antiseptic products may slip under the radar.