ACOs focused on chronic conditions, not surgeries; Alabama hospitals hit hard by lack of Medicaid expansion;

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> Accountable care organizations to date focus more on controlling the costs associated with readmissions and chronic conditions than surgeries, which account for half of hospital expenditures, Kaiser Health News reported. Article

> Hospitals in Alabama are getting hit hard by the state legislature's refusal to expand Medicaid eligibility as part of the Affordable Care Act, the Associated Press reported. Article

> Are for-profit managed care companies successful in cutting costs and enhancing quality for state Medicaid programs? Kaiser Health News says the results are mixed. Article

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> A nurse-driven, investigative approach to customer service helped nurses at Grady Memorial Hospital's emergency department boost patient satisfaction and improve interdepartmental communication, according to Advance Healthcare Network for Nurses. Article

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> Healthcare providers more often turn to different sources of electronic data for their analytics efforts, according to a new survey conducted jointly by the eHealth Initiative and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. Still, providers continue to rely on basic operations to support such efforts. Article

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