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Hospitals, Insurers Profit On Bloodstream Infections

Cheryl Clark

Hospitals can reap a windfall when an insured patient has a preventable infection, and private health plans—not Medicare—foot the largest bills. Why aren't these payers doing more to help hospitals prevent infections? >>>


Editor's Picks

Less Blood Testing for Some Surgeries Safe, Cost Effective

The ordering and testing of blood for surgery that rarely requires blood transfusions is expensive and "overutilized" by hospitals, researchers say. At Johns Hopkins alone, more appropriate blood ordering practices could save $200,000 a year. >>>

Fortunately, Angelina Jolie Isn't On Medicare

Most large private payers cover testing for a genetic marker indicating inherited breast cancer risk and will pay for associated prophylactic surgery. But Medicare has no national coverage decision for the test or for preventive mastectomy. >>>

ED Physicians Key to Half of Hospital Admissions

Doctors in the emergency department are the major decision makers in nearly half of all hospital admissions, giving them a significant role in controlling healthcare costs, research shows. >>>

Case Study: Advance Care Conversations

Not knowing a patient's wishes for end-of-life care can lead to expensive and sometimes unwanted medical interventions. Gundersen Health System is trying to change that, by embracing a conversation around end-of-life care that is not about dying. >>>

How Chargemaster Data May Affect Hospital Revenue

The now transparent federal database of hospital prices could motivate hospital financial assistance offices to write more flexible policies for collecting from uninsured, underinsured, and Medicare Advantage patients. >>>

Q&A: Rural Health Practitioner of the Year, Larry Rhodes, MD

West Virginia pediatric cardiologist Larry Rhodes, MD, speaks passionately about his work at three community outreach clinics. "It is always easy to hide under the guise of 'this is for patient care,' but the best days of the month for me are when I am in my truck driving to one of these clinics." >>>

Don't Let Nurses Sink Your Bottom Line

Because higher patient satisfaction scores translate to higher HCAHPS scores and Medicare reimbursements, how nurses interact with patients has a significant impact on a hospital's bottom line. >>>

Intelligence Report

NEW Intelligence Report: ED Solutions—Preparing for Increased Volume and Decreased Margins

Emergency Department overcrowding has increased by 22% since 2013. This original research and analysis offers key insight from top healthcare executives and clinical leaders on coping with patient volume while protecting the bottom line. Download Today >>>

News Headlines

UC hospitals cancel surgeries, divert patients amid strike

Los Angeles Times, May 23, 2013

Scramble at Moore Medical Center as tornado hit

NPR, May 23, 2013

Opinion: Colonoscopy mill operator doesn't concern insurance company

Las Vegas Review-Journal, May 23, 2013

Hospital 'code black' before flood of tornado patients

Los Angeles Times, May 22, 2013

WI hospitals reduce central-line infections

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 22, 2013

Is the future of American health care in OR?

The Washington Post, May 21, 2013

WA hospitals fight to limit reports on infections

The News Tribune, May 21, 2013

L.A. poised to go after Las Vegas hospital in patient-dumping cases

The Sacramento Bee, May 21, 2013

Helper robots are steered, tentatively, to care for the aging

The New York Times, May 20, 2013

Surgeons-in-training dislike new work hours

Reuters, May 20, 2013

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Date: May 29, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

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