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Age: Sometimes a Good Reason to Discriminate

Cheryl Clark

As evidence grows that the risks of harm outweigh the chance of benefit for some procedures on older patients, thoughtful providers are putting the brakes on overly aggressive care for their senior patients. >>>


Editor's Picks

In Cancer Survivors, Colonoscopy Risks Rise with Age

Older patients were 28% more likely than younger ones to be hospitalized for treatment of complications following a surveillance colonoscopy, study data shows. >>>

More Rankings, Less Value?

Many third-party organizations rate hospital quality, but healthcare leaders are finding limited value in the plethora of grades, stars, and rankings. >>>

Training Physicians for Empathy

A pair of training programs exposes medical students to art and loss, teaches them about the emotional aspects of patient care, and helps them avoid burnout. >>>

Pharmacy Optimization Improves Care, Lowers Costs

HealthPartners uses clinical pharmacists in an educational and counseling role to support care team efforts to enhance outcomes, reduce costs, and improve patient engagement. >>>

6-System Partnership to Cover 9 in 10 WI Residents

Jeff Thompson, MD, CEO of Gundersen Health System and chair of the as yet unnamed partnership—not a merger or an acquisition—discusses the coalition's intention to improve quality of care, reduce costs, and collectively "get better faster." >>>

HIEs Adding Data Analytics Capabilities

California and Mississippi are investing in health information technology projects that incorporate a broad range of longitudinal patient data and promise insight into population health. >>>

Medical Training Gets a Second Life

The University of Michigan School of Nursing is using the online virtual world Second Life to help medical students hone their leadership and communication skills, and to do so with some degree of anonymity. >>>

Slideshow: Patient Experience Transformation—Engaged Patients, Measurable Standards

This HealthLeaders Media intelligence report identifies the top areas where healthcare leaders are investing their patient experience dollars and offers examples of changes instituted by Mountain States Health Alliance and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. >>>

Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Patient Experience Transformation—Engaged Patients, Measurable Standards

Learn to apply rigor to patient experience reporting and focus efforts on what patients value for better engagement, less anxiety, and improved care. Free Download >>>

News Headlines

Nonprofit hospitals at a tipping point from mounting challenges

Reuters, August 14, 2014

'Patients' who act sick valuable as teaching tool, August 14, 2014

Practicing on patients

The New York Times, August 14, 2014

UN Chief urges world's physicians, nurses to help in Ebola outbreak / Associated Press, August 13, 2014

An amazing healthcare revolution is happening in Maryland — and almost no one's talking about it

Business Insider, August 13, 2014

Drug discount program needs help, researchers say

The Hill, August 13, 2014

FDA approves first DNA-based test for colon cancer

News & Observer / Associated Press, August 12, 2014

The question doctors can't ask

The Atlantic, August 12, 2014

Opinion: Healthcare for $4—Are you ready for Walmart to be your doctor?

Forbes, August 11, 2014

HHS report finds Medicare Advantage plans exaggerate members' diseases to make more money

Kaiser Health News / The Center for Public Integrity, August 8, 2014

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