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Docs happiest in areas with strong communities, low managed care

Although physicians nationwide repo rt signs of struggle, there are pockets of the country where practicing medicine is more pleasant than average. Mississippi leads the pack for the second year in a row, a ccording to this year's Best States to Practice re port  from  Physicians Practice. 

Mixed news, unclear future for ACOs

Despite their early successes, accountable care organizations remain an uncertain prospect within healthcare, MedPageToday reports.

4 ways to prevent patient "leakage"

Healthcare providers can take several steps to reduce patient "leakage," the industry term for primary care physicians who refer patients to out-of-system providers, rather than to those in their network, resulting in significant business losses, according to a blog post from Simon Associates' Kriss Barlow.

Reduce readmissions among chronically ill patients with post-acute care plan

Hospitals and health systems can reduce readmissions and improve quality of care by implementing a post-acute care model for patients with chronic diseases, Patty Upham, director of care transitions with FirstHealth of the Carolinas in Pinehurst, North Carolina, told senior writer Paul Barr in an interview for  Hospitals & Health Networks.

Pioneer ACO program loses three more participants

Despite early success among some of the Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program, four more hospital systems recently dropped out, leaving just 19 of the original 32 organizations, according to an article in the  Wall Street Journal.

Rural hospitals left behind in push for accountability

Rural providers have been largely left out of the healthcare industry's shift toward accountability, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Specialized ambulance offers life-saving transport for dying patients

Seton Medical Center introduced a specially equipped ambulance to transport and save dying patients,  KXAN  news in Austin, Texas reported. 

Hospitals must define patient experience

In my most recent  Hospital Impact  blog, I reinforced the simple, but significant need to focus on three Ps of patient experience, offering that at the core of this idea is the central purpose on which an organization builds its experience effort.

To fix healthcare, go back to business basics

To fix the problems within the healthcare system, healthcare leaders must look internally to run their organizations more like businesses, Premier President and CEO Susan DeVore told Forbes.

How to build a successful bundled payment program

As the health insurance industry continues its shift toward a value-based reimbursement system, more payers are experiencing with bundled payments. Though still relatively experiential, the model "has probably the most promise," Andréa Caballero, program director for Catalyst for Payment Reform, told  FierceHealthPayer  in an exclusive interview.