5 Ways Hospitals Can Partner With Free Clinics

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Written by J. Stephen Lindsey, FACHE, and John “Trey” Rawles III | February 05, 2013, Becker’s Hospital Review Are you prepared for the impending changes in reimbursement? Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, providers will see a shift from traditional fee for service to a value-based payment model that takes into account costs as… Read more »

Incentivizing Physicians for Quality Through Data, Compensation and Cultural Redefinition

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Written by Imran Andrabi, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Physician Executive Officer, Mercy  | February 04, 2013 Physicians play a critical role in quality improvement at hospitals and health systems. Incentivizing physicians to improve quality and help meet the organization’s goals is essential to a hospital’s and health system’s success in enhancing performance. Educate… Read more »

5 Things the Most Extraordinary Hospital CEOs Do

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Written by Molly Gamble | February 04, 2013, Becker’s Hospital Review There isn’t a trusted scorecard to accurately assess a healthcare CEO’s performance. But there are a handful of skills the most remarkable leaders know and demonstrate every day in the C-suite. Quint Studer, founder of Studer Group, says he’s observed five skills and abilities that… Read more »

18 Recent Medicare, Medicaid Issues

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Written by Bob Herman | February 08, 2013, Becker’s Hospital Review Here are 18 issues dealing with Medicare or Medicaid that occurred in the past week, starting with the most recent. 1. CMS issued its annual Medicare Recovery Auditor report to Congress, confirming that recovery audit contractors collected $797.4 million in overpayments from hospitals and other… Read more »

3 Non-Provider Forces Hospitals Can Expect More From in 2013

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Written by Molly Gamble | January 28, 2013, Becker’s Hospital Review In the past few years, there has been a heightened focus on collaborative ties between hospitals and other providers. Hospitals have attuned their strategies to include various affiliations, clinical relationships and other community-based partnerships. But to become and remain a multidimensional and cost-effective center for… Read more »

20 Statistics on Hospital Readmissions

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Written by Sabrina Rodak | January 23, 2013, Becker’s Hospital Review Readmissions are a significant concern for hospitals, as they will receive cuts to their Medicare payments for higher-than-expected readmission rates for certain diagnoses. Here are 20 statistics on hospital readmissions from two studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In the study… Read more »

Patients need to be involved in quality metrics

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Kyle Bradford Jones, MD | Physician | January 26, 2013, KevinMD.com I recently heard from an aging and respected physician the old adage that “what is good for the doctor is good for the patient.” The room full of physicians of all ages and specialties nodded their heads in agreement. This saddened me, as it… Read more »

Taking Care of Employees: 5 Trends on Hospital Benefit Plans

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Written by Bob Herman | January 23, 2013, Becker’s Hospital Review Hospitals and health systems are typically viewed as organizations that take care of the ill and, more increasingly, encourage preventive health. However, hospitals are also employers — and some of the biggest employers at that. In rural areas, hospitals are typically the dominant employer, and… Read more »

Physician Practice Acquisitions Will Be Critical for Community Hospitals Under Healthcare Reform

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Written by Kathleen Roney | January 18, 2013, Becker’s Hospital Review Due to changes instigated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, such as new reimbursement structures, it is important for community hospitals to change their historical interactions with physician practices. According to Mike Williams, CEO of Community Hospital Corp., healthcare institutions are aligning economic… Read more »