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Benefits of MD/MBA programs go both ways

While it may be too soon to determine whether the explosive growth in joint M.D./M.B.A. programs changed the dynamics of practicing medicine, individuals on both the clinical and administrative sides of healthcare report that such dual training improved the way they perform in their roles, according to an arti cle  from the  Atlantic.

Kaiser Permanente leaders share success strategies and advice

Kaiser Permanente chairman Bernard Tyson recently interviewed with  Forbes  about what's been called the "Kaiserfication" of healthcare, or rather, attempts by others to replicate Kaiser's success as an integrated hospital, physician and insurance organization that saw $53 billion in revenues last year.

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.

VA scandal whistleblowers receive settlement for unfair treatment

​The Veterans Affairs Department announced Monday it settled the complaints of three employees who faced retaliation after filing whistleblower complaints about the Phoenix VA hospital--revelations that led to a nationwide scandal that involved secret wait lists to cover up treatment delays and possible patient deaths.

Should insurers treat e-cigarettes like traditional tobacco products?

As e-cigarettes quickly gain popularity--more than 20 million people tried smoking one sometime in 2013--insurers are left without guidance or precedence on how to determine whether they should raise premiums for members who smoke e-cigarettes, reported the  St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Do CEO stock options impact firm borrowing?

Are publicly-traded healthcare firms less likely to take on debt when their CEOs receive compensation through stock options?

3 more organizations drop out of Pioneer ACO program

Three more hospitals dropped out of the Pioneer ACO program, leaving the long-tange financial vaibility of the program in doubt.

New reaction to high healthcare costs: Consumer anger

Americans have become angry over r ising healthcare costs,  Consumer Reports  repor ted.

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.

In this era of obstruction, RACs do not stand a chance

A century and a half ago, Walt Whitman published a poem about the music carpenters, masons and other workers made as they went about their day. Americans make few products by hand now, so masonry...