Medicare spending per beneficiary is a measure of efficiency which underscores the importance of limiting readmissions. Some hospital groups reject the move, but at least one CMO describes it as "not completely unreasonable." >>>
The shift away from post-acute hospital-based procedures to ambulatory services, which lack high-cost infrastructures, is "the future of healthcare," according to one health system executive. >>>
In an attempt to illustrate the impact of losing federal Medicaid funding, the Missouri Hospital Association is using data linking the effects of poverty, poor health, and life expectancy in the state and making comparisons to rates in Third World countries. >>>
Hospitals that are most successful at raising funds are those that use metrics to determine how to allocate their fundraising resources and those that put an emphasis on major donors, a report on philanthropy finds. >>>
Memorial Hermann Physician Network and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas are teaming up to develop an accountable care organization that will better manage the cost of care for 100,000 members. >>>
Being measured is nothing new for top healthcare leaders, but for many, renewed board focus on the future means that leaders are being measured based on an increasingly complex conglomeration of performance targets. >>>
Witnesses representing payers and providers agree that healthcare industry consolidation predates the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by at least two decades, but blame each other for rising healthcare costs. >>>
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