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Minnesota 'Health Care Homes' Model Shows Promise

John Commins

Public health policy advocates looking for model primary care programs that are designed to expand coverage, improve care, and lower costs should look to Minnesota. At least one large urban provider in the Twin Cities has seen per member costs drop by 5% in the past year. >>>


Editor's Picks

HCAHPS Scores Show Wide Variation

Hospitals attribute wide variations in patient responses to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers Systems survey to a number of factors, including hospital size and specialty, physical conditions within the hospital, and nurse-to-patient ratios. >>>

1 in 5 ED Patients Referred By Primary Care Doctors

A CDC survey finds that nearly four in five emergency department patients said they went there because they had nowhere else to go. The rest said they sought the ED because their primary care doctor sent them. >>>

Pill Mill Crackdown Endangers Telepsych Program

Pending federal legislation meant to reduce prescription drug fraud could have a harmful effect on a telehealth program in rural areas of North Carolina, where psychiatrists and neurologists are in particularly short supply. >>>

Five Hospitals Share Three Secrets to Improve Knee Surgery Outcomes

When surgeons at five healthcare systems shared their individual processes for 11,000 knee replacement operations, three best practices emerged that reduced lengths of stay, lowered readmission rates, and improved other outcomes for hospitals that embraced them. >>>

The Power of Plugged-In Physicians

To engage their physicians, healthcare leaders must empower them to change their own work patterns. The Mayo Clinic's YES Board shows that, when allowed to improve workflows and technology, physicians can make life- and cash-saving interventions. >>>

LIVE Webcast

Medical Home—Prime Your Organization for Launch

Date: June 15, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Is establishing a medical home the right fit for your organization? And if so, how do you build it? Move beyond the buzz and learn from experts about the realities of assessing readiness and preparing for medical homes, including physician buy-in, transitioning, standardizing care regardless of payer restrictions, and reimbursement structure. 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. >>>

News Headlines

PA closes in on health IT network

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 30, 2012

X-rays and iPads: The network healthcare evolution

Ars Technica, May 30, 2012

Grow your own health information exchange

InformationWeek, May 30, 2012

OH hospitals keep $3B in cash reserves

The Columbus Dispatch, May 30, 2012

Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Programs Skyrocketing

HealthLeaders Media, May 29, 2012

FCC approves spectrum changes for hospitals

Ars Technica, May 29, 2012

Beleaguered Fairview Health CEO to Retire in July

HealthLeaders Media, May 25, 2012

NC fights Medicaid fraud with analytics

InformationWeek, May 25, 2012

Facebook Page Gathers Stories of Medical Harm

HealthLeaders Media, May 24, 2012

Luxury Hospital Facilities Put Patient Experience First

HealthLeaders Media, May 23, 2012

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THURSDAY 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 featuring executive speakers from Catholic Health Initiatives and MemoricalCare Medical Foundation and a leading M&A consultant. >>>

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ACO Blueprints: Options in Accountability

As the healthcare industry moves away from a transaction-based system, leading organizations are exploring accountable care models of various types. >>>


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