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Critical Access Hospitals Strive to Improve Outcomes in MT

John Commins

Critical access hospitals, by their mission and geography, aren't always able to tap into the advantages of bigger systems. But in Montana, rural providers are involved in a pilot project to start closing the gaps. >>>


Editor's Picks

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. >>>

Diagnostic Errors Common, Costly, and Harmful

Wrong site surgeries and medication mishaps get more attention, but diagnostic errors are a larger, deadlier, and costlier problem, for patients and healthcare providers, Johns Hopkins researchers say. >>>

In Wake of Bombings, How Hospitals Are Communicating

In the aftermath of the marathon bombings, hospitals in Boston have been using Facebook to communicate with patients, family, and staff.  The social media tool is proving to be a powerful way to communicate in a time of crisis. >>>

Managing Physicians May Be Impossible

If physicians can't be managed, we're all in for trouble, because healthcare is bankrupting us. Everyone needs to be managed, whether they're the President of the United States or a country doctor. >>>

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. >>>

CHI's Acquisition of St. Luke's Episcopal Health Detailed

As part of a deal to acquire with Houston's St. Luke's Episcopal Health System, Catholic Health Initiatives will contribute more than $1 billion to create a foundation that will serve the area's underserved population. >>>

How Dean Clinic Redesigned Primary Care

Madison, WI-based Dean Clinic flipped its primary model from sick care to wellness and prevention. The first step was to concentrate on six primary care pilot sites in a patient-centered medical home pilot project. The next was to implement a new physician compensation formula with goals based on value-based care, not volume. >>>

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News Headlines

Racing to spread word about new health plans

The New York Times, April 24, 2013

US hospitals send hundreds of immigrants back home

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, April 24, 2013

UPMC fires back in dispute over tax-exempt status

Thomson Reuters, April 24, 2013

Boston Medical Center hoping for 'mass exodus' as amputees continue recovery at rehab hospitals

The Boston Globe, April 23, 2013

Immigration bill could help physician shortage

Politico, April 23, 2013

Lincoln County Healthcare seeks to merge hospitals

Bangor Daily News, April 23, 2013

Inside India's 'no-frills' hospitals, where heart surgery costs just $800

Business Insider / Agence France Presse, April 22, 2013

NC attorney general says he'll push for tighter controls on hospitals

News & Observer, April 18, 2013

MN hospital says it mishandled stillborn's body

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, April 18, 2013

Hospital program improves antibiotic prescribing

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, April 18, 2013

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