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VA Hospital Fiasco a Harbinger on Nation's Physician Shortage

John Commins

The big problem at the VA is that it's competing for doctors with every hospital in the country, physician practices, insurance companies, urgent care centers, retail clinics, and community health centers. >>>


Editor's Picks

The Hospital of the Future is Not a Hospital

Pursuing expensive inpatient volume in the traditional sense is a strategic dead end. Any new construction undertaken by hospitals and health systems should be based on adaptability, patient flow, and efficiency gains—not bed count. >>>

Datapalooza: CMS Unveils More Hospital Pay Data

Data made public by CMS includes information comparing the average hospital charges in 2012 for the 100 most common Medicare inpatient stays at more than 3,000 hospitals. >>>

Strategies for ED Psych Patients

New models of collaboration (even among competitors) are producing shorter boarding times and fewer instances of aggressive behavior in the emergency department. >>>

Medicare Overpaid Physicians $6.7B For Miscoded Claims

An examination of medical claims records by federal officials finds that more than half of doctors' claims for patient evaluations and related services had incorrect codes or lacked the necessary documentation. >>>

Pioneer ACO Program Awaits New Rules

CMS may release as soon as this summer new rules for Medicare's gainsharing programs and a decision on whether to launch a second round of Pioneer ACO participant recruitment. >>>

Medical Error Averted

A number of small gaffes by healthcare providers, clinical staff, and the shortcomings of their tools can lead to a single serious or life-threatening medical error. Or they can serve as warnings that enable us to avert catastrophe. >>>

How a Community Hospital Tackles Diabetes

A community hospital on the edge of Appalachia is becoming a leader in diabetes management and prevention. It's found a way to shorten patients' length of stay, boost prevention efforts, and help train endocrinology specialists. >>>

A Homegrown Approach to Physician Leadership

Physician leadership expertise doesn't have to come from a consulting firm. A large nonprofit health system in the Pacific Northwest has developed its own leadership academy, which is saving money and providing physicians with problem-solving tools and skills. >>>

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Webcast: Hospital-Hospice Collaboration to Improve Palliative Care Outcomes

Date: June 12, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Hospitals and ACOs are building partnerships with organizations such as hospices to reduce hospital readmissions, mortality rates and treatment costs among this patient population. Join leaders from both sides of the collaboration as they share tested strategies for building effective hospice-hospital partnerships to improve clinical and financial outcomes. Register Today >>>

News Headlines

Obama said to weigh Cleveland Clinic chief for VA post

Bloomberg, June 4, 2014

Drug diversion in hospitals exposes patients to infection

CBS News, June 4, 2014

HHS offering $300M to community health centers

The Hill, June 4, 2014

Hospitals look to urgent care ventures to boost presence, referrals

The Times-Picayune, June 4, 2014

GAO report finds self-referring doctors may be driving up healthcare costs

The Hill, June 3, 2014

Maryland hospitals and doctors are facing opposing financial incentives

Baltimore Business Journal, June 3, 2014

Doctors may get paid for end-of-life planning

USA Today / Stateline, June 3, 2014

In rural ME, dearth of doctors is a growing crisis

Portland Press Herald, June 2, 2014

PA man accused in theft of human skin from hospital

Business Insider / Reuters, June 2, 2014

Medicare on drugs: 24,000 tests for 145 patients

Reuters, May 30, 2014

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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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