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Q&A: Mountain States Health CEO on Patient-Centered Care

John Commins

Dennis Vonderfecht explains his health system's decade-long, award-winning journey toward patient-centered care. Getting there meant shifting away from a staff-centric culture to one that puts patients and their families first. >>>


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Pharmacy Aligns With Hospitals to Reduce Readmissions

Health systems under pressure to lower readmission rates are getting help from Walgreens, which is using its pharmacists to coordinate patient care during admission and discharge. >>>

CEOs Reveal Waste-Zapping Strategies

In a peer-to-peer exchange setting, a select group of healthcare chief executives discusses the hard work—and strategic necessity—of detail and discipline in any cost reduction strategy. >>>

Readmissions Trigger ID'd by Geriatric Experts

Researchers say hospitalization-associated disability, a deterioration of functional abilities in some patients, occurs "even when the illness that necessitated the hospitalization is successfully treated." >>>

Labor Efficiency Emerges as Cost Containment Measure

In most hospitals, labor is the largest single expense, but not an attractive target for cost cutting. But using labor more efficiently, by benchmarking, identification of variances, and process engineering, can make a dent. >>>

Mandatory Use of CPOE Prevents Blood Clots

Researchers find that the compulsory use of a computerized physician order entry system resulted in a 36% relative risk reduction in venous thromboembolism events and an 83% relative risk reduction in preventable harm in trauma patients. >>>

CMS Proposal on Hospital Outpatient Payment Panel Open for Comment

This is the first year that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services asked representatives from critical access hospitals to help make recommendations on supervision requirements for certain services such as IV hydration and venipuncture via vein. >>>

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Get the tools you need to align care transitions, prevent bounce-back readmissions, and improve overall quality of care, from subacute and postacute experts at Southwest Ohio Care Transitions Collaborative and University of Michigan Health System Sub-Acute Care Rehabilitation Program. This webcast reveals the latest continuum management strategies and proven tactics to align partners, physicians, and nurses.

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News Headlines

Ascension negotiating to sell Kansas City hospitals to HCA

St. Louis Business Journal, October 17, 2012

Why private Medicare plans don't cost less

The New York Times, October 17, 2012

Health shift will affect 860,000 CA children

CBS / Associated Press, October 17, 2012

Bill aims to block HMO cuts in NJ Medicaid reimbursements

NJ Spotlight, October 17, 2012

Peeling away healthcare's sticker shock

Wired, October 17, 2012

Why patients leave hospitals with a bad taste in their mouth

Pacific Standard, October 17, 2012

South Shore Hospital gets 'negative' outlook amid financial strains

Boston Business Journal, October 16, 2012

Hospital Concerns Over Drug Supplies Mount

HealthLeaders Media, October 11, 2012

CA community hospital open for business, nurses protest

Desert Dispatch, October 16, 2012

Fargo hospitals add emergency rooms to meet demand

The Bismarck Tribune / Associated Press, October 16, 2012

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Date: Nov. 6, 2012, 12:00-3:00 p.m. CT

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