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QIOs Prep for Big Changes

Cheryl Clark

By revamping its Quality Improvement Organization program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will put an end to a fundamental flaw in the old structure, which exposed contractors to accusations of conflict of interest. >>>


Editor's Picks

Nurses' Unlikely Infection Control Tool Quashes HAI

Nursing leaders at a Florida hospital finally found an infection control method that helped arrest a stubborn problem with hospital-acquired infections. It took them 20 years. >>>

Medicare Pays Billions for Wasteful Care

Developing a measure to define overuse was difficult, but researchers found a way to quantify 26 types of unnecessary medical procedures administered to Medicare beneficiaries and tallied the cost. >>>

Highmark Execs Detail ACO Transformation

Highmark, the Pennsylvania-based integrated healthcare network, seeks to use ACOs and primary care medical homes to transform the way it does business. >>>

Feds Bust 90 Linked to Medicare Fraud Schemes Totaling $260M

As the result of a multi-city operation, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force has brought charges against scores of people, including doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals allegedly involved in false billing schemes. >>>

Throughput and Satisfaction in the ED

While many functions of the emergency department must be reactive in nature, with proper preparation, an effective response can ensure optimal outcomes. >>>

Physician Involvement Can Influence Marketing Metrics

By aligning hospital physicians with the marketing department and its strategies, the patient experience and marketing goals both stand to benefit. >>>

Salvaged Blood Safer, Cheaper than Transfusions, Study Says

The use of cell savers to re-circulate blood into surgical patients can deliver higher quality red cells, eliminate transfusion risks, and cost hospitals less than donated units from a blood bank, research finds. >>>

Mercy's Mega Vision for Telemedicine

From its virtual care center now under construction, the Missouri-based healthcare system says it will be able to extend telehealth services to patients across the entirety of its 42-hospital system 24/7 through audio, video, and data connections. >>>

Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: The ED Fix—Triage, Coordination, and Navigation

Based on a recent survey, 54% of healthcare leaders are reducing avoidable ED visits via primary care coordination. This report uncovers emerging best practices in care team composition and patient flow to improve ED throughput and patient satisfaction. Free Download >>>

News Headlines

Lung cancer screening could cost Medicare billions

Star Tribune / Associated Press, May 15, 2014

A look at allegations of cover-ups at VA hospitals

ABC News / Associated Press, May 15, 2014

For Medicaid patients, access to primary-care may not be as advertised

Kaiser Health News / The Seattle Times, May 15, 2014

Ousted surgeon's supporters pack Aspen hospital board room

The Aspen Times, May 14, 2014

Two FL hospital employees have flu-like symptoms after contact with MERS case

The Washington Post, May 14, 2014

Hospitals see blue-red divide early into Obamacare's coverage expansion

The Washington Post, May 13, 2014

The doctor will see you now via webcam / Associated Press, May 13, 2014

Health centers hurt in states that skipped Medicaid expansion

NPR, May 12, 2014

US healthcare firms pay $4.8m in damages after 6,800 patient records leaked to web

The Drum, May 12, 2014

The hospitals most likely to give patients a C-section, ranked

Time, May 9, 2014

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From HealthLeaders Magazine

Presidents, CEOs, and the New Leadership Model

Some hospital CEOs, used to captaining their own ship, are finding that healthcare reform means there are fewer opportunities to run things as they see fit. Maybe that's a good thing. >>>


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