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Texas Sidestep Exposes Medicaid Rhetoric

John Commins

There are legitimate disagreements on how to pay for healthcare. But responsible leaders can do so without firing election-year broadsides against programs that affect the fiscal health of their cities and counties, and the physical health of millions of their most vulnerable constituents. >>>


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Healthcare Business Models Clash with Reforms

While healthcare executives responding to a KPMG Healthcare survey say they expect major changes in the way healthcare is delivered and paid for in the next five years, they also indicate that the fee-for-service model is far from dead. >>>

MU Stage 2 Final Rule Elicits Few Cheers

Stakeholders may still be parsing through the 672-page rule, but while it is already garnering support among the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, the reaction is more subdued among provider groups. >>>

Diagnostic Errors Found in 1 of 4 ICU Patient Deaths

Medical conditions most commonly missed by critical care teams include aspergillosis, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, and pneumonia, say researchers at Johns Hopkins University who examined studies of autopsy reports. >>>

Gainsharing, Shared Savings Examined

While gainsharing is viewed with some apprehension among healthcare leaders, shared savings programs are embraced. Both financial approaches pursue the same goals, but each packs unique legal and structural challenges. >>>

TX Medical Board Rapped for Poor Oversight

A consumer safety advocacy group says its review of data shows that physician oversight in Texas is weak. Comparative data from other states, however, suggests the state's record is among the strongest in the nation, says the Texas Medical Board. >>>

Nurse-Led Clinics Battle Readmissions

Free clinics and programs staffed largely by nurses play a simple, but powerful role in reducing hospitalizations and readmissions, saving money, and keeping patients healthy. The benefit isn't only for patients. >>>

Get Ready for Shift from Patient to Healthcare Consumer

The rise of the high-deductible health insurance plan and other economic forces are increasingly turning patients into healthcare consumers. Common sense says this move will reduce utilization as healthcare consumers rethink elective care or shop around for the best deal. >>>

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Patient Experience and HCAHPS—Little Consensus on a Top Priority

While 84% of health leaders rank "patient experience" among their top three priorities, less than half of them are making patient experience-specific investments. This original research and analysis offers key insight from top healthcare executives, including new case studies from CaroMont Health, Gundersen Lutheran Health System, and Provena Health.

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News Headlines

3 KS hospital patients linked with hep C outbreak

Foster's Daily Democrat, August 29, 2012

IA hospitals urge state to expand Medicaid

Des Moines Register, August 29, 2012

Colorado Springs hospital to join UCH, Poudre Valley Health System

The Coloradoan, August 29, 2012

Opinion: Former LSU hospital chief knew and said too much

The Advertiser, August 29, 2012

Aurora, IASIS Healthcare announce partnership

Nashville Business Journal, August 28, 2012

NY health network files for bankruptcy protection

Buffalo Business Journal, August 28, 2012

Affordable Care Act driving healthcare mergers

The Washington Post, August 27, 2012

MI hospitals' collaboration makes for safer angioplasty

Detroit Free Press, August 27, 2012

UT Medicaid stops paying for hospital errors

The Salt Lake Tribune, August 24, 2012

Top 10 Hospital Contracting Priorities

HealthLeaders Media, August 22, 2012

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