Aiming to shrink waste and share accumulated knowledge, an all-star cast of hospital chiefs, in a report posted on the Institue of Medicine website, gives pointers on how to keep hospitals and healthcare systems alive. >>>
In an all-too-rare bit of good news from the realm of provider reimbursements, commercial health insurers posted a significant reduction in bungled medical claims in 2012, says the American Medical Association. >>>
Medicare patients at high risk for readmission are assigned a care transition coach, often a nurse, who helps them with medication, follow-up appointments, and problem solving. >>>
Medicare's fee-for-service benefit design should be changed to provide better protection against high out-of-pocket cost sharing and to encourage beneficiaries to make better healthcare decisions, says the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. >>>
Premera Blue Cross is reducing its healthcare costs by increasing the fee-for-service reimbursements it pays to some of its physicians. Early adopters indicate that in one year, the total healthcare cost trends for their attributed Premera patients were 3% to 5% below the average cost of other patients. >>>
Initiating collaborative relationships is the key to improved quality, most healthcare leaders say in this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Many also agree that major increases in HIT spending are necessary, but others are more cautious about spending for technology improvements. Download the free report with exclusive research and analysis. >>>
The LA Times, June 20, 2012
NPR, June 20, 2012
The Washington Post, June 19, 2012
Portsmouth Herald, June 19, 2012
Bloomberg BusinessWeek, June 19, 2012
The San Francisco Chronicle, June 19, 2012
The Columbus Dispatch, June 18, 2012
The Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2012
Reuters, June 15, 2012
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