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Accountable care leader Geisinger announces CEO departure

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Geisinger Health System, one of the nation’s shining beacons of integrated healthcare delivery, is undergoing some significant changes as it announces the departure of Dr. Glenn Steele Jr., President and CEO in 2015.  Steele has served as...

Accountable care extends Medicare hospital funds to 2030

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Thanks to accountable care initiatives, better care coordination, and a reduction in 30-day readmissions, Medicare’s Part A hospital trust fund will be financially solvent until 2030, four years longer than previously anticipated, says a new...

EHR documentation, clinical analytics cut heparin errors to zero

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Better staff education, clinical analytics, and new care coordination techniques that improved EHR documentation nearly eliminated patient safety risks from improper heparin administration at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hopsital (CRMH), where infusion...

MI Hospital Association brings clinical analytics to members

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The Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA) Keystone Center is taking a proactive step towards accountable care and quality improvements by bringing clinical analytics to its member organizations.  Instead of relying on individual...

Awareness of patient safety risks from health IT is “limited”

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Healthcare providers have a poor grasp of the impact EHRs and other health IT on patient safety, says a new RAND Corporation report, and few organizations have the willingness or the resources to devote to implementing new tools or workflows...

Inefficient communication costs a hospital $1.7 million a year

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The average US hospital loses $1.7 million a year due to poor coordination and communication among members of staff, according to a new report from the Ponemon Institute and Imprivata, and may be draining up to $11 billion from the nationwide...

Can upfront cancer care payment cut costs by 34 percent?

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Bundled payments for cancer treatments, which covered an entire “episode of care” for a single patient, resulted in a 34% reduction of overall medical costs, says a report detailing the outcomes of a three-year study conducted by national...

CMS will institute five star hospital quality ratings system

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CMS is taking a page out of the online retail industry’s book by instating a simple five star rating system for hospitals to be included on its Hospital Compare website, says Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Administrator...

Hospital quality experts see fewer readmissions as top goal

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Reducing preventable readmissions is one of the most important goals for cutting healthcare costs, says a poll of healthcare quality improvement experts by ASQ, and should be a top priority for healthcare organizations seeking to tighten up their...

How data analytics helped measure, increase hand hygiene

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While the Centers for Disease Control asserts that hospital-acquired infections are on the decline thanks to financial quality penalties and a closer focus on patient safety, the numbers are still staggeringly high, with 722,000 cases and 75,000...

Standard instruction sheet improves medication adherence

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Providing patients with a standardized, color-coded instruction sheet before surgery can help them understand which long-term medications to take prior to hospitalization and which to discontinue, finds a new study published in Anesthesiology....

US ranks last in international care access, quality report

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The United States healthcare system has a little bit of soul searching to do after it ranked dead last for efficiency, equity, and overall health on the Commonwealth Fund’s latest international report.  Compared to ten other developed...

Study: HACs as defined by CMS do not represent true impact

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A new study in the American Journal of Medical Quality uses ICD-9 codes to identify the top hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) that adversely impact patient mortality, length of stay, and the costs associated with in inpatient admission, but...

Humana, UC San Diego enter accountable care agreement

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Humana and the UC San Diego Health System have entered an accountable care agreement to focus on improving outcomes and lowering costs for Southern California patients.  The only academic medical system in the region, UCSD consists of two major...

Truven Analytics rescinds awards to sanctioned CA hospitals

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California lawmakers are issuing guarded praise to Truven Analytics after the company adjusted its hospital rankings to reflect some of the many sanctions issued to the Prime Healthcare Services system.  Accused of upcoding, falsifying diagnoses,...

Patients who review physicians generally give high ratings

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Is there actually some good news to be found on the internet?  According to Vanguard Communications, which surveyed more than 46,000 online physician ratings on popular review sites, not everyone who logs on to give their opinion is a pitiless...

WellPoint to give bonuses for standard cancer treatment plans

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Personalized medicine?  Not if you want to make an extra $350 a month, WellPoint, Inc. is telling oncologists.  The insurer will be offering a financial incentive for each patient who is put on one of the payer’s recommended regimens for...

Quality care relies on clinical, administrative cooperation

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Healthcare organizations may be investing in clinical analytics, business intelligence solutions, revenue cycle management tools, and robust quality improvement programs, but all the technology in the world might not help as much as a strong,...

Hospital readmissions decrease “whenever you try,” says Mayo

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Reducing the number of unnecessary hospital readmissions may be as easy as just paying attention, says research from the Mayo Clinic published in JAMA this month.  After reviewing more than forty trials related to interventions intended to cut...

Data integrity, care coordination top ECRI safety concerns

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A lack of data integrity and adequate health information exchange, along with poor care coordination, have topped the 2014 list of ECRI Patient Safety Concerns.  As hospitals and health organizations attempt to steer their health IT and...

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