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Community Paramedics Aim to Lower Health Costs via Home Care

John Commins

Minnesota has become a national leader in a movement to train and use certified "community paramedics" to monitor and provide non-emergent care for patients in their homes—and to keep them out of the hospital. >>>


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AMA Issues 5 Patient Safety Guidelines

The American Medical Association's five guidelines outline physician responsibilities during care transitions for patients recently discharged from the hospital. >>>

Weak Link Found Between Readmissions, Mortality

Researchers find that 30-day readmission rates are "not associated" with mortality rates for patients admitted for heart attack or pneumonia, and "only weakly associated within a certain range" for patients admitted for heart failure. >>>

Unlocking Value-Based Care's Upside

Data analytics—both clinical and actuarial—and hyper-focused care management in the form of "commando RNs" are two keys to readying healthcare organizations for value-based care, says the new CEO of xG Health Solutions. >>>

Hospital Chiefs: Cut Costs with Care

One in five hospital CEOs needs to pull 11% or more out of his or her operating budget. Deep cuts may be necessary, but they must be made carefully to avoid harm to quality care and staff morale, leaders say. >>>

Moody's: Nonprofit Healthcare Debt Sees Record Downgrade

Driven largely by falling patient volumes and weak revenue growth, not-for-profit healthcare debt logged a $20 billion downgrade in 2012—more than double than the previous year. >>>

Nurse Staffing Mandates Are Not a Silver Bullet

Nurses in Washington, DC, are demanding staffing mandates, but the effectiveness of such laws is inconclusive despite plenty of research. >>>

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News Headlines

Dispute develops over discount drug program

The New York Times, February 13, 2013

MD's St. Joseph Medical Center not CMS-certified

The Baltimore Sun, February 13, 2013

FL hospitals cooperate to tackle health issues

Jacksonville Business Journal, February 13, 2013

TX shuts down hospital following investigation

WFAA, February 13, 2013

Community paramedics aim to cut health costs

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Star Tribune, February 13, 2013

Observation units may ease burdens of ER care, but at a price

The Washington Post, February 12, 2013

Charity care strains rural hospitals

Georgia Public Broadcasting, February 12, 2013

No one fix to slow hospital readmission epidemic

Bloomberg Businessweek / Associated Press, February 11, 2013

Solving Maryland's health disparities

The Baltimore Sun, February 11, 2013

UT hospitals swallow "sick tax"

The Salt Lake Tribune, February 8, 2013

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From HealthLeaders Magazine

Tablets and the Influence of Connective Technology

Demand for devices such as the iPad and smartphone comes from clinicians and is having a powerful impact on healthcare delivery as the next wave of technology surges, but don't shut down your PCs just yet. >>>


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