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Whose Data Is It, Anyway?

Cheryl Clark

Quality data should be transparent to payers and patients, not closely guarded secrets that only a hospital's insiders get to see. Now physician specialty societies that gather their own data are growing concerned about potential federal oversight. >>>


Editor's Picks

Gawande: Hospitals Profit When Surgeries Go Wrong

Medical complications in surgical patients generate profits for hospitals, a study led by Atul Gawande, MD, shows. But the American Hospital Association disputes the report's implications that hospitals aren't incentivized to avoid complications. >>>

Hospitals Crack Down on ED Repeat Users

With renewed urgency, hospitals, healthcare leaders, and insurers are initiating strategies to curtail what is a growing problem: the use of emergency department services by patients who return time and again. >>>

CMS Mulls Use of Specialty Registries for Quality Data

Data contained in voluntary reporting registries, a growing trend in specialty care especially for surgery and other invasive procedures, may one day be folded into Medicare performance measures that assess quality of care. But there are some hurdles to clear first. >>>

When Physicians See Costs, They Act Like Consumers

When doctors are told the price of diagnostic laboratory tests, they respond like informed consumers and either order fewer tests or shop around for cheaper alternatives, a study shows. >>>

Raise Your Palliative Care IQ

Hospitals are trying to overcome the economic and emotional hurdles of developing palliative programs. "When you net out all the cost savings, it's kind of cost neutral. It doesn't wind up costing a lot of money," says one advocate. >>>

Big Data Contest Looks to Solve Healthcare Puzzles

The Care Transformation Prize Series will provide at least three quarterly prizes of $100,000 to teams that develop, using data analytics, the best solutions to healthcare challenges selected by the public. >>>

Engaged Patients Cost Less

Patients' level of engagement is directly linked to their health-related outcomes. It's more than just good medicine—engaged patients with the same chronic illness had lower healthcare costs than their less-engaged counterparts, a study shows. >>>

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News Headlines

Bombs' medical costs could be in the millions

NBC News, April 18, 2013

Lessons from military surgeries informed treatment of Boston victims

The New York Times, April 18, 2013

MN hospital says it mishandled stillborn's body

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, April 18, 2013

Why Boston's hospitals were ready

The New Yorker, April 18, 2013

Allegations of unnecessary procedures at Chicago hospital

St. Louis Post-Dispatch / Associated Press, April 17, 2013

Are some doctors too old to practice medicine?

The New York World, April 17, 2013

Health Plan's Secret Sauce is Social Media

HealthLeaders Media, April 17, 2013

Safer hospital rooms

The New York Times, April 16, 2013

Marathon medical tent 'transformed into trauma unit', April 16, 2013

More often, hospitals decide not to admit patients

York Daily Record, April 15, 2013

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Grounding the Frequent Fliers

Strategies to curtail the unnecessary use of the emergency department involve efforts that rely on data, care management, and patient involvement. >>>


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