Are You Ready for an ACO?

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This article appears in the May 2012 issue of HealthLeaders magazine. It seems like each week brings yet another announcement about some combination of physicians, hospitals, and even health plans that are forming collaborations or partnerships, and calling them accountable care organizations. The ACO moniker carries a lot of weight these days. It signals that… Read more »

For hospitals and insurers, new fervor to cut costs

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The New York Times, May 24, 2012   Giselle Fernandez is only 17 but she has had more than 50 operations since she was born with a rare genetic condition. She regularly sees a host of pediatric specialists, including an ophthalmologist, an endocrinologist and a neurologist at UCLA Health System. Her care has cost hundreds… Read more »

Legislation may enable states to offer universal healthcare

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By David Lazarus Los Angeles Times, May 25, 2012   Universal coverage, Medicarefor all, single payer — call it what you will. It’s clear that conservative forces are determined to prevent such a system from ever being introduced at the national level. So it’s up to the states.The catch is that to make universal coverage… Read more »

MO Hospitals Review Highlights Value of Disaster Preparedness

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John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 21, 2012   Tuesday, May 22 marks the one year anniversary of the devastating tornado that killed 161 people in Joplin, MO and hobbled the city’s healthcare delivery infrastructure. In seconds, an EF5 tornado packing winds in excess of 200 mph destroyed the 367-bed St. John’s Mercy Regional Medical… Read more »

Innovative Ways To Slash ED Overuse

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On a mild, gray day in February, fatigue lined the face of Anthony Parish, a slight, 39-year-old man who has been through a lot. He had a cancerous portion of his lung removed and struggled with postoperative pain. Chemotherapy treatments caused abscesses in his mouth that ruined his teeth and repeatedly sent him to the… Read more »

Keeping Your Nurses Happy

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With nursing shortages on the rise, there are no shortages of opportunities for good nurses. The best way to combat the turnover that might cause? Make sure your nurses are happy in their environment and their positions. A Life Concierge For most employees, a work-life balance is an important facet when choosing an organization. At… Read more »

ACOs Multiply As Medicare Announces 27 New Ones

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By Jenny Gold and Christian Torres KHN Staff Writers Despite uncertainty over how the Supreme Court will rule on the health law, a key provision intended to help transform the delivery of care is moving ahead. The Obama administration announced Tuesday that 27 health systems have been selected to participate in Medicare’s Shared Savings Program,… Read more »

Are Smartphones To Blame For The Increase In Data Breaches?

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Consider this: 96% of healthcare organizations have experienced at least one data breach in the past two years. Only 23% of health care organizations use mobile device encryption. Nearly half of healthcare organizations do nothing to protect data on mobile devices. Now consider that the number of physicians using smartphones has escalated rapidly in recent… Read more »

Why one-third of hospitals will close by 2020

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Very interesting article by David Houle and Jonathan Fleece. For centuries, hospitals have served as a cornerstone to the U.S. health care system. During various touch points in life, Americans connect with a hospital during their most intimate and extraordinary circumstances. Most Americans are born in hospitals. Hospitals provide care after serious injuries and during… Read more »

How The iPad Is Succeeding In Healthcare

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Several industries have taken an interest in the iPad since its 2010 unveiling, but healthcare has been one of the quickest to adopt it. No numbers exist for iPad sales specific to health care, but major institutions such as Stanford University School of Medicine in California hand them out to medical students and other physicians…. Read more »