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What's Wrong with the da Vinci Robot?

Joe Cantlupe

As more health systems use devices such as the da Vinci robot, there's growing controversy about their value. But for head and neck surgeons, the robot means a "new era" in patient care. >>>


Editor's Picks

Reducing Early Elective Births Could Save $1B Annually

Early elective deliveries via Cesareans and inductions are the standard of care rather than an exception at some hospitals. The rates, risks, and attendant costs, a Leapfrog Group report suggests, are unacceptably high. >>>

Hospital Takes on Septicemia, Saves 36 Lives

When data reveals higher-than-expected mortality rates, an Alabama hospital zeroes in on bloodstream infections and launches life-saving changes to its emergency department screening procedures. >>>

First PCORI Report Short on Specifics

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has issued its first report on national priorities, but without specifying any diseases or conditions it would target for comparative effectiveness research. >>>

Dealing with Data Breaches

Data loss prevention technology can help track access to records, but a hard line on violations is needed to create a culture of compliance. >>>

Future of Cost Shifting Depends on the Little Guy

I once thought that healthcare cost-shifting behavior would die a quick death as employers developed more sophisticated ways to value quality. I'm no longer so sure. >>>

News Headlines

NY hospital pays $3.5M to settle charges it improperly recruited doctors, January 26, 2012

Senate watchdog targets high-prescribing Medicaid docs

ProPublica, January 25, 2012

Highmark to spend $500M on care network

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 25, 2012

Hospitals hiring doctors to get ready for reform

The Miami Herald, January 24, 2012

NC prison doctor's side job lucrative

Charlotte Observer, January 23, 2012

TX doc pushing to revamp Medicare, Medicaid payment rules

Star-Telegram, January 23, 2012

FL tries to get tough on lawbreaking medical practitioners

Orlando Sentinel, January 23, 2012

CVS' 'blacklist' of some doctors sparks outcry, legal action

Orlando Sentinel, January 23, 2012

Medicare Cuts Could Slash 278K Hospital Jobs, Warns AHA

HealthLeaders Media, January 20, 2012

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Book—Oncology: Strategies for Superior Service Line Performance

The evolution of the oncology payment model and pressure to provide more patient-centered care are leading healthcare organizations to transform the oncology care model. Gain realistic strategies and business guidance from oncology leaders to develop the structures and processes for oncology service line success in the future.   >>>

Impact Analysis Report—The Next Phase of Cost Control

This third report in a series of four from the inaugural HealthLeaders Media CFO Exchange provides insight on cost containment from leaders at Banner Health, Wellmont Health System, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Floyd Memorial Hospital & Health Services, and Trinity Regional Health System. Eighteen percent cite "no culture of being cost-conscious" as their greatest organizational challenge to cost reduction. >>>

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Reaching New Heights

Hospitals are enjoying success with outpatient strategies, but it may be time for a more calculated, even cautious, approach.  >>>


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