10 Questions Every Hospital Should Ask its Employees

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Written by Rachel Fields | August 21, 2012, Becker’s Hospital Review   Paul Spiegelman’s new book, co-written with president of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas Britt Berrett, starts with an intriguing premise: Patients come second. Without downplaying the importance of patient care, Mr. Spiegelman posits that the root of a hospital’s success lies with how it… Read more »

What Does Governance Look Like in the Country’s Largest Health Systems? 8 Major Findings

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Written by Molly Gamble | August 08, 2012 , Becker’s Hospital Review The Commonwealth Center for Governance Studies has released its report, “Governance in Large Non-Profit Health Systems,” which analyzes governance and leadership trends in 14 of the country’s most sizable hospital organizations. Surveyed systems include Adventist Helath System (Altamonte Springs, Fla.); Ascension Health (St. Louis);… Read more »

4 Managed Care Trends With Health Systems, Surgical Hospitals and ASCs

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Written by Bob Herman | August 13, 2012 , Becker’s Hospital Review Managed care contracting between commercial payors and healthcare organizations is like a waltz — it’s an art form, and it’s not always done well. In the push to integrate all silos of healthcare, from hospitals and health systems to imaging labs and ambulatory surgery… Read more »

Spending More on Trauma Care Does Not Translate to Better Outcomes

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Written by Jaimie Oh | August 13, 2012 , Becker’s Hospital Review A large-scale review of national patient records reveals, despite variations in regional costs for treating trauma patients, survival rates are the same, according to research from Johns Hopkins.  For their study, researchers analyzed three years of data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project’s… Read more »

4 Characteristics Hospital Lean Leaders Can’t Do Without

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Written by Sabrina Rodak | August 13, 2012 , Becker’s Hospital Review Hospitals across the country are adopting Lean techniques to improve processes. Some hospitals use a Lean approach for specific projects, such as infection prevention and quality improvement, while others integrate Lean techniques and philosophy into the organization’s entire culture. To create a culture that… Read more »

Health execs need to have mentors, be mentors

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by Frank D. Byrne for Fierce Healthcare I’ve been thinking a lot about the role of mentors lately, with the passing of someone who was one of the most influential people in my life and my career: Stan Nelson. Stanley R. Nelson, LFACHE, was my predecessor twice-removed as president of Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind.,… Read more »

CMS to start readmission penalties

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants hospitals to curb its patient readmissions starting this fall, or pay the price, Kaiser Health News reported. According to KHN, CMS will begin recouping about $280 million in payments from about 2,200 hospitals beginning in October. Although the program is focusing on reducing nationwide readmissions, data analyzed… Read more »

Succession planning lacking in healthcare

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August 7, 2012 | By Karen M. Cheung, Fierce Healthcare If a hospital CEO suddenly left, many healthcare organizations would be out of luck. According to a survey from search firm Witt/Kieffer, less than 40 percent of healthcare CEOs have worked with their board to develop a formal succession plan, and only one-third have mentored… Read more »

ICD-10 or ICD-11? The Dilemma Behind Both Coding Systems

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When it comes to ICD-10 and ICD-11, there are generally two camps. There are those that believe ICD-10 is a necessary coding step to take, and all hospitals and providers should make the steady progress toward its adoption. There are also those that believe ICD-10 should be skipped for ICD-11, which the rest of the… Read more »