Tuesday, January 27, 2015

  • An initial partnership with a relatively small Indiana hospital begat Walgreens' WellTransitions program, which has shown a 46% reduction in unplanned hospital readmissions for the patients who use it.
  • End-of-life care for sick patients is garnering more attention from hospitals and health systems because of its impact on costs. Now leaders need to invest in training physicians to talk to patients about their concerns and wishes.

  • A federal Court of Appeals panel has rejected the Obama administration's contention that hospital admission-status decisions are mainly in the hands of physicians and beyond the authority of Medicare.
  • Most organizations are still standing in two worlds-managing with one foot in fee-for-service and one foot in fee-for-value. Uncertainty about future revenue streams is the leading industry hurdle, our annual industry survey finds.

  • Some of the most noticeable changes in healthcare staffing and structure are occurring at the top, in the executive suite. One recruiter expects 2015 is the year titles with their roots in value-based payments will become more familiar.

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by JOHN COMMINS | 01/26/2015

Community Health Systems, Inc. has announced that it will purchase 80% equity in Metro Health. In Colorado, Humana and Boulder Community Health have announced the launch of an accountable care arrangement and population health partnership.


by CHERYL CLARK | 01/26/2015

The Office of Inspector General recommends 55 practices that it says CMS and CMS-authorized accreditors should use to oversee compounded sterile preparations.


by CHRISTOPHER CHENEY | 01/23/2015

A federal Court of Appeals panel has rejected the Obama administration's contention that hospital admission-status decisions are mainly in the hands of physicians and beyond the authority of Medicare.


by JOYCE FRIEDEN, NEWS EDITOR, MEDPAGE TODAY | 01/23/2015

The American Medical Association is doing a disservice by not weighing in on how to pay for repealing the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for physician reimbursement under Medicare, a member of Congress said Thursday. From MedPage Today.


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