Hospital collaboration reduced readmissions by 3,300; Telehealth for cardiovascular disease patients cuts costs, admission rates;

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> Hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area that participated in the Avoid Readmissions through Collaboration program saw 3,300 fewer readmissions in 2011 and 2012, saving about $32 million, the group announced yesterday. Announcement

> This week, the U.S. Department of Health &Human Services released an enhanced blueprint to help healthcare organizations to advance culturally and linguistically appropriate services in healthcare, and help reduce health disparities. Statement

> Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is New Hampshire is trying to speed up the search for the patient guardians to free up beds, according to Vermont Public Radio. Article

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> Synchronous telehealth for cardiovascular disease patients helps to reduce costs, admission rates and length of stay, according to a study published this week in the Journal of the Medical Internet Research. Article

> The American Hospital Association does not want the federal government placing any additional health information exchange requirements on providers, it said in a recent comment letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari. Article

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