Akron, Ohio emerges as leader in healthcare innovation; Readmissions higher than expected in Western Penn.;

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> Collaborative efforts by hospitals and community institutions have made Akron, Ohio a hub for healthcare innovation, according to Forbes. Article

> Readmission rates for some illnesses were significantly higher than expected in some Western Pennsylvania acute care hospitals, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Article

> Although the nursing field has long been on the rise in Arizona, the recession, state mandates and changes in the healthcare industry have made nursing jobs harder to come by, KTAR reports. Article

Practice Management News

> Physicians and healthcare organizations understand the importance of moving away from fee-for-service payment, but need more help than they're currently getting to transform into accountable care organizations, said Len Nichols, Ph.D., director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Article

> This time last year, almost a third of surveyed physicians reported taking on extra work outside their practices to help maintain their incomes, according to a survey from Physicians Practice. The trend has continued, according to Medscape. Article

And finally… Christmas jammies. Article