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AZ Hospitals See Benefits of Medicaid Expansion

John Commins

Year-to-date operating margins have improved from $140 million in 2013 to $184 million in 2014, an Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association survey finds. And there's been no mad rush to emergency departments, as many had predicted. >>>


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Doc Shortage 'Fix' Is a Disaster Waiting to Happen

New legislation in Missouri will create a new class of medical license, the "assistant physician." Critics say it will establish a reprehensible dual standard of care, one for the rural and underserved and another for everyone else. >>>

Mayo Tops U.S. News Best Hospitals Rankings

A shift in methodology emphasizes patient safety, reduces the weight of an organization's reputation, and uses better data for more objective assessments, says U.S. News & World Report. >>>

Physician Pay Increasingly Linked to Value-based Metrics

Primary care doctors surveyed by the Medical Group Management Association say nearly 6% of their compensation was pegged to quality metrics in 2013, up from 3% in 2012. >>>

MSSP Program May Add New Quality Measures

The proposed 2015 rules for Medicare B payments add a dozen new quality measures and patient outcome-based metrics, including unplanned admissions for patients with diabetes, heart failure, or multiple chronic conditions. >>>

Hospitals Tops in Physician Benefits

Physicians employed by hospitals enjoy richer benefits and potentially fewer administrative hassles, but physicians employed by private practice express higher satisfaction with their compensation packages, survey data shows. >>>

Personalized Medicine Meets EHR Integration at Mt. Sinai

At Mt. Sinai Health System in New York, a combination of personalized medicine, natural language processing, and clever integration with electronic health record software is allowing clinicians to adjust medication selection and dosages based on patients' genomic differences. >>>

Community Hospital Corp. Subsidiary Readies 5 LTACHs

ContinueCARE hopes to demonstrate that long-term acute-care hospitals can provide cost-efficient care for the 2% to 3% of patients who require long-term acute care after discharge from acute care hospitals. >>>

6 Strategies for a Safer Hospital

Hospitals are among the most dangerous places to work and there are high costs associated with injured workers, but hospitals and health systems can strategically reduce the risk of injury to staff. >>>

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News Headlines

Hospitals face major government crackdown for injuring patients

CNN, July 16, 2014

Policies banning hospital visits of crime suspects outrage families

Indy Star, July 16, 2014

Doctor admits taking bribes to order lab tests for patients

NBC 4 New York, July 16, 2014

The doctor will click on you now, but can she feel your pain in an e-Visit?

Bloomberg Businessweek, July 15, 2014

If color or shape of generic pills changes, patients may stop taking them

The Washington Post, July 15, 2014

Opinion: When doctors commit suicide, it's often hushed up

The Washington Post, July 15, 2014

Hospitals continue to shut down in rural America

Al Jazeera America, July 14, 2014

AZ unpaid hospital bills drop after Medicaid expansion

The Arizona Republic, July 14, 2014

It looks like Obamacare patients can see their doctors, after all

The Washington Post, July 11, 2014

CA healthcare union tells elected officials to shun hospital chain

The San Luis Obispo Tribune, July 10, 2014

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