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How 4 Health Systems Rein in Supply Costs

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

Collectively, four Ohio-based health systems report that they have saved nearly $700,000 in the roughly four months since launching a purchasing collaborative, including $250,000 on physician preference items. >>>


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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. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

Former ACP President: 'We Have to be More Efficient'

David L. Bronson, MD, immediate past president of the American College of Physicians, says that among physicians' toughest challenges are improving interprofessional relationships and "[getting] rid of the things that add no value in healthcare." >>>

Outpatient Growth Must Keep Pace with Population

Two out of three health system leaders say their top strategy for fueling financial growth is expansion of outpatient services. The trick is "to grow at the same market share with the [population] growth," says one senior executive. Market share increase is likely to be incremental—but even a small increase means a large raw number. >>>

Hospital Thrift Store Cashes In On Volunteer Spirit

Managed by volunteers who are considered part of the workforce, a hospital thrift shop in Illinois has raised more than $2 million over the last two years. But that's only part of the shop's value, which is seen as critical to hospital operations. >>>

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News Headlines

Boston bombing amputees face tough, costly recovery

Los Angeles Times, April 22, 2013

Opinion: We still have a healthcare spending problem

The Washington Post, April 22, 2013

Baylor ACO embraces future with lower volume of care

Dallas / Fort Worth Healthcare Daily, April 22, 2013

26M will be eligible for 'game changer' ObamaCare subsidies

The Hill, April 19, 2013

NYC to seek new provider for $6 billion healthcare program

Bloomberg, April 19, 2013

Bill aims to reverse 10% provider rate reduction

California Healthline, April 19, 2013

Co-author of Obama healthcare law sees 'huge train wreck' in implementation

The Washington Post, April 18, 2013

Hospitals serving the uninsured face challenge under Obamacare

The Washington Post, April 17, 2013

Medicare could save millions by limiting advance payments to insurers

Kaiser Health News, April 17, 2013

The rising cost of healthcare fraud

Vegas Inc., April 16, 2013

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