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Care Coordination Tough to Define, Measure

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, editor for HealthLeaders Media

In the first part of an in-depth discussion with two nurse leaders, the emphasis is on the importance of clearly defining and measuring a major area for cost-cutting in hospitals—care coordination. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Hospitals Adapting Amid Continued Drug Shortages

While new drug shortages impacting patient care have lessened, the supply chain remains vulnerable to drug shortage 'spikes', says an executive from the group purchasing organization, Premier. >>>

Steep Drop Seen in Medically Unnecessary C-Sections

A greater willingness by hospitals to not schedule early elective deliveries without documented medical necessity is a major reason for the drop cited in The Leapfrog Group's latest survey findings. >>>

Two-Midnight Rule Must be Fixed or Replaced, Say Providers

CMS has issued a clarification on its rule governing how Medicare classifies and pays for short hospital stays, but healthcare providers are still crying foul over the new standard. >>>

PCMH Pilot Not Associated with Cost Reductions, Study Shows

A study of a three-year multi-practice patient-centered medical home pilot finds lackluster results. "We're now concerned that medical home transformations may not really achieve the goals set out for them at the rapid pace that people have hoped," says the study author. >>>

As Allegations Swirl, Baylor Plano Rejects Baldrige Award

Hospital officials say they have declined a prestigious national quality award because of a lawsuit alleging that a neurosurgeon they employed was incompetent and caused patient injuries and at least one death. >>>

AHRQ: Surgical Admissions Bring 48% of Hospital Revenue

Although 29% of all U.S. hospitalizations in 2011 included a surgical procedure, hospitalizations that involved surgery accounted for nearly half of all hospital costs, says a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. >>>

4 Twitter Tactics for Savvy Healthcare Providers

In the right hands, tweeting can greatly enhance a healthcare provider's brand. Four physicians with an active Twitter presence illustrate the basic tenets that lead to social media success. >>>



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News Headlines

Proposed hospital sale means NJ will pay $30 million debt

The Star-Ledger, March 4, 2014

Health Department says some in RI might have been exposed to measles

The Providence Journal, March 4, 2014

Batavia, Rochester hospitals pursue merger

The Buffalo News, March 3, 2014

Opinion: Healthcare jobs are getting squeezed, finally

Bloomberg View, March 3, 2014

Sebelius: US healthcare delivery system stuck in 20th century

The Hill, February 28, 2014

Stethoscopes do as much dirty work as hands in spreading germs

NPR, February 28, 2014

Highmark won't pay hospital rates for care in physician offices

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 27, 2014

Groups push FDA to revoke approval of highly potent painkiller

The Philadelphia Inquirer / HealthDay News, February 27, 2014

Opinion: A morbidly obese patient tests the limits of a doctor's compassion

The Washington Post, February 27, 2014

Dad delivers baby himself — inside a hospital room

South Florida Sun Sentinel, February 26, 2014



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

In Search of EHR's ROI

As healthcare leaders continue to pour money into electronic health record systems, many (but not all) find the return on the investment remains elusive. >>>

 

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