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  May 17, 2012 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

4 Strategies to Optimize Hospital Bed Allocations

Joe Cantlupe

University of Maryland researchers, finding that "revenue-driven" surgery and poor planning send some surgery patients home from the hospital prematurely, propose four solutions to help improve hospital bed allocations and possibly reduce readmissions as a result. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Berwick on Analytics: Technology Is Ready, but Doctors Need Help

Don Berwick, MD, former administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and founding CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, talks about data analytics and healthcare IT. >>>

Feeding Tube Use in Dementia Patients Linked to Pressure Ulcers

The author of a study examining Medicare claims data for hospital patients with dementia who are treated with feeding tubes says, "we have the wrong financial incentives, and those incentives are doing more harm than good." >>>

4 in 10 Healthcare Organizations Seek Locum Tenens

While the high cost of hiring temporary physicians is cited as a drawback, most healthcare organizations are able to capture all of the expenses by billing Medicare, Medicaid, or private pay. >>>

Emphasis on Support in Decision Support

Clinical decision-support systems offer great opportunities to improve care and reduce costs, but healthcare leaders have to remember who's ultimately in charge: the human operating the computer. >>>

CMS Cuts Red Tape, Providers to Save $5B

The new Medicare rules' greatest savings will come from provisions that broaden the definition of a hospital's medical staff in a way that allows hospitals to grant privileges to both physicians and non-physicians, even if they're not on staff. >>>



NEW Intelligence Report

Volume, Flow, and Safety Issues in the ED

As health systems try to improve their EDs, healthcare leaders are watching the financial framework with caution. About 80% say they expect their ED revenue margins will worsen as a result of healthcare reform and 78% say their reimbursement also will get worse, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis. >>>



News Headlines

More than a third of prescriptions now electronic

The Washington Post, May 17, 2012

Opinion: When competitive bidding hurts patients

The New York Times, May 17, 2012

Military Medical Professionals Lead Relief Effort in Alabama

HealthLeaders Media, May 16, 2012

Aetna Building National ACO Network

HealthLeaders Media, May 16, 2012

Healthcare Costs Top $20K Per Family

HealthLeaders Media, May 16, 2012

Data-mining in doctor's office helps solve medical mysteries

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, May 16, 2012

Too few doctors for a growing TX population

San Antonio Express-News, May 16, 2012

Not retiring at 65: Physician goes from anti-EHR to pro-ACO

HealthcareIT News, May 15, 2012

The making of a cancer doctor

The Atlantic, May 15, 2012

Pill mill doctor: I was driven by greed

Tampa Bay Times, May 15, 2012



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Multimedia/Events

LIVE Webcast: Tactics for Valuing Medical Practices: Buying, Selling and Mergers

Date: May 31, 2012
About: From administrative issues to physician compensation, timing, and cultural fit, hospital and physician leaders must respond to the key motivations and market realities that come with buying or selling a physician practice. Get the strategies you need in a customized webcast with a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access. >>>



From HealthLeaders Magazine

 

Physicians, Hospital Executives Get Collaborative

Relationships between physicians and executive leadership have never been smooth, but they've never been more important. Now legislative and contractual changes are forcing both parties to reconsider how they work together. >>>

 

Pharmaceutical Robotics Require Careful Assessment

 

Hospitals Scrutinize ACOs



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