To make the best use of the massive amounts of data being collected by hospitals and health systems, CFOs are turning to powerful analytics tools to find revenue cycle efficiencies and other cost savings. >>>
Surgical site infections are the most frequently occurring HAI, accounting for one-third of the annual cost or about $3.3 billion. But central line-associated bloodstream infections are the most expensive, researchers report. >>>
The personal computer has done a lot of good for clinicians in hospital settings, but its days are numbered. Zero-client terminals are quieter, safer, and cheaper to buy and to maintain. >>>
Only 245 cases of patient harm in surgeries using the Da Vinci robot system have been reported to the FDA since 2000. The figure seems "very, very low" to researchers, who have identified eight cases of patient harm or death that were not in the FDA's database. >>>
A major teaching hospital's move to provide a financial rationale for preventing healthcare-acquired infections points to the dearth of meaningful incentives for hospitals to work harder toward the goal of improved patient safety. >>>
The issue of whether physician reimbursement data should be made public is creating a split among doctors. Some argue that the public has a right to know how tax dollars are being spent. Others fear payment disclosures could hurt competition. >>>
Low administrative costs and the capability to compete with public health insurance exchanges are driving factors. So is the promise of access to big data, which can give payers a strategic edge. >>>
Although 44% of healthcare CEOs still feel the industry is on the wrong track, more are optimistic about their own organization's performance and prospects as they face the challenges and opportunities of PPACA.
This report explores healthcare CEOs' evolving perspectives on these issues, including their strategies for controlling costs, and why partnerships rank among their top three priorities.
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