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Gamification Ratchets Up Employee Engagement

Jacqueline Fellows

On a mission to improve health literacy among its employees as a pathway toward improving health outcomes, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota found a solution that not only engaged them, it turned some into "change prophets." >>>


Editor's Picks

Cardio Service Line Introduces Revitalized Mercy Health

Instead of announcing its rebranding campaign all at once, Mercy Health rolled out its new look and tagline one service line at a time. Investing in market research upfront has been key to its success. >>>

How Telemedicine Drives Volume, Revenue

Not only is health information technology helping to control costs, it's also creating new opportunities for revenue. >>>

Leapfrog Releases Another Hospital Safety Report Card

The latest round of scores that measure rates of errors and infections, indicators of safe practices, shows an increase in the number of hospitals that earned the lowest score. Leapfrog's CEO Leah Binder calls that "a troubling trend." >>>

'CSI' Program Empowers Nurses to Improve Quality Metrics

The best ideas for improving patient care are not coming from the C-suite, says the chief nurse executive of North Shore-LIJ Health System. The best ideas, she says, are "coming from front-line staff." >>>

Healthcare Job Growth Continues at Tepid Pace

Despite the lukewarm climate for overall employment, healthcare job growth figures have yet to reflect any slowing demand for physicians, clinicians, and executives. Merritt Hawkins saw its physician and advanced practice recruiting assignments increase by 14% from 2012 to 2013. >>>

Remote Patient Monitoring Poised for Growth

New penalties for preventable hospital readmissions are prompting hospitals to adopt technologies that allow patients to measure blood pressure, heart rate, and other vital signs from home. >>>

Hospitals Find Their Role Diminished

The traditional hospital has become not only a high-cost boogeyman, but also a sign of the limits of a CEO's leadership capabilities. Buttressing a financially vulnerable hospital's business with ancillary services is one way CEOs are being innovative. Now other industry players need to catch up. >>>

Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Population Health Management—Steps to Risk Sharing and Data Analytics

This report explores how better collaboration and mastery of data analytics can help you build a successful integrated and collaborative network for population health management. Includes actionable recommendations, key takeaways, and case studies from Geisinger Health System, Lancaster General Health, and the Jefferson School of Population Health. Purchase Today >>>

News Headlines

Big insurers avoid many state health exchanges

USA Today, October 23, 2013

Health co-ops, created to foster competition and lower insurance costs, are in danger

The Washington Post, October 23, 2013

Navigating healthcare expenses costly

The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 22, 2013

TX doctors, hospitals don't know if they're in or out of Obamacare plans

Kaiser Health News / The Texas Tribune, October 22, 2013

Social media raises medical privacy questions

NBC News, October 22, 2013

Healthcare exchanges have received 476,000 applications, US officials say

The Dallas Morning News / Associated Press, October 21, 2013

How doomed itself by screwing startups

TechCrunch, October 21, 2013

Healthcare name game is confusing, so take note

The Virginian-Pilot /, October 21, 2013

Obamacare helpers frustrated as tech problems stall enrollment

Reuters, October 18, 2013

OR cuts tally of people lacking health insurance by 10 percent in two weeks

The Oregonian, October 18, 2013

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Webcast: The New Patient Experience Model—Strategies to Leverage the Patient Perspective

Date: November 5, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Marketing leaders from Covenant Health and Studer Group will help healthcare executives understand the importance of creating a patient-centered culture, share actionable examples of experience improvement techniques, and demonstrate how marketing can promote and sustain the hospital's patient experience strategy. Register Today >>>

From HealthLeaders Magazine

The Benefits (and Costs) of Consolidation

The recent level of M&A and affiliation activity in healthcare has been stunning, but to some leaders, it's nothing compared to what's coming over the next decade. >>>


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