Hospitals: Costs, Care, & Coverage
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Read about what's currently going on in hospitals throughout the U.S. From quality of care to drivers of cost, all topics relate to hospitals.
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Hospitalists rising: a brief overview

Hospitalists rising: a brief overview | Hospitals: Costs, Care, & Coverage | Scoop.it
Hospitalists are one of the fastest growing physician specialties in the medical field today, and the increase in the number of hospitalists attests to the value of their role in our changing healt...
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Court rulings could undermine Patient Safety Act, error reporting - FierceHealthcare

Court rulings could undermine Patient Safety Act, error reporting - FierceHealthcare | Hospitals: Costs, Care, & Coverage | Scoop.it
Lower court decisions could undermine protected patient safety information and error reporting intended under the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, according to hospital groups.
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Hospitals slam 'vicious cycle' of low Medicare reimbursement - FierceHealthcare

Hospitals slam 'vicious cycle' of low Medicare reimbursement - FierceHealthcare | Hospitals: Costs, Care, & Coverage | Scoop.it
Hospitals in Alabama are bemoaning the Medicare reimbursement system as "very flawed," noting that hospitals with a lower wage index get lower reimbursements.
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Differentiating a Core Hospital-based Therapy

MedSpan Research recently assisted an international pharmaceutical manufacturer with one of their core products.  Over the past decade, safety concerns and changes in manufacturing processes have l...
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Hospitals target patient experience ahead of reform - FierceHealthcare

Hospitals target patient experience ahead of reform - FierceHealthcare | Hospitals: Costs, Care, & Coverage | Scoop.it
Medicare is basing hospital reimbursements on performance measures, with patient satisfaction determining 30 percent of the incentive payments and improved clinical outcomes deciding 70 percent.
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AHA: New tax-exempt rules too taxing for hospitals - FierceHealthcare

AHA: New tax-exempt rules too taxing for hospitals - FierceHealthcare | Hospitals: Costs, Care, & Coverage | Scoop.it
Hospitals should have the flexibility to meet new tax-exempt rules, rather than following prescribed uniform regulations, the American Hospital Association told the Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service yesterday.
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Hospitals add in-house pharmacies to cut readmissions - FierceHealthcare

Hospitals add in-house pharmacies to cut readmissions - FierceHealthcare | Hospitals: Costs, Care, & Coverage | Scoop.it
With about 20 to 30 percent of prescriptions never filled, more hospitals are hopping on the trend to offer pharmacies in-house.
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Do nonprofit hospitals deserve tax exemptions? - FierceHealthcare

Do nonprofit hospitals deserve tax exemptions? - FierceHealthcare | Hospitals: Costs, Care, & Coverage | Scoop.it
Not-for-profit hospitals in California could get new regulations to qualify for tax exemptions after reports released last month questioned whether the nonprofits provide enough charity care to justify their tax-exempt status.
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Variety of factors lead to 'chronic' ED overcrowding at VA, report finds - FierceHealthcare

Variety of factors lead to 'chronic' ED overcrowding at VA, report finds - FierceHealthcare | Hospitals: Costs, Care, & Coverage | Scoop.it
The Memphis VA Medical Center's emergency department length of stay is "far below the VHA standard," and suffers from "chronic" overcrowding, according to a report released by the VA's Office of Inspector General.  ...
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Palliative care offers return on investment - FierceHealthcare

Palliative care offers return on investment - FierceHealthcare | Hospitals: Costs, Care, & Coverage | Scoop.it
Palliative care programs aren't just good for patient care and satisfaction; it's good for business too, according to hospitals that have taken on the promising trend.
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The Clatter of the Hospital Room

The Clatter of the Hospital Room | Hospitals: Costs, Care, & Coverage | Scoop.it
Initiatives are under way to reduce noise in hospitals, and while it's too early to tell whether they will prove successful, it has become clear that patient complaints about noise and lack of sleep are critical to quality of care.
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Unclear if ICU telemedicine can save hospitals money

Unclear if ICU telemedicine can save hospitals money | Hospitals: Costs, Care, & Coverage | Scoop.it
Remote monitoring of intensive care patients - a strategy to maximize scarce medical expertise - can cost hospitals anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 per bed in the first year of operation...
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Hospitals face pediatric physician shortages - FierceHealthcare

Hospitals face pediatric physician shortages - FierceHealthcare | Hospitals: Costs, Care, & Coverage | Scoop.it
Children's hospitals nationwide are short of pediatric physician specialists, which leads to delayed care and recruitment difficulties, the Children's Hospital Association said yesterday.
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Hospitals Gamble On Urgent Care Clinics To Keep Patients Healthy : NPR

Urgent care clinics are part of a growth strategy for some hospital chains. But some analysts wonder if hospitals will be able to provide good customer service at the clinics.
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Hospitals battled to protect patients as Sandy raged

Hospitals battled to protect patients as Sandy raged | Hospitals: Costs, Care, & Coverage | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters) - At one New York hospital where backup generators failed, staff carried premature babies down more than a dozen flights of stairs in one of the more dramatic moments for healthcare...
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Hospital transparency may be driving down stent use - FierceMedicalDevices

Hospital transparency may be driving down stent use - FierceMedicalDevices | Hospitals: Costs, Care, & Coverage | Scoop.it
Some U.S. states require hospitals to disclose the outcomes of stenting procedures, figuring that the transparency will allow patients to choose the best care.
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Medicare reimbursements, prescribing authority proposed for nurse anesthetists - FierceHealthcare

Medicare reimbursements, prescribing authority proposed for nurse anesthetists - FierceHealthcare | Hospitals: Costs, Care, & Coverage | Scoop.it
A CMS decision, expected by Nov. 1, would allow nurse anesthetists to directly bill Medicare at rates on par with doctors, suggesting that nurse anesthetists are just as qualified to treat chronic pain.
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Do heart failure interventions affect readmissions? - FierceHealthcare

Do heart failure interventions affect readmissions? - FierceHealthcare | Hospitals: Costs, Care, & Coverage | Scoop.it
Most strategies hospitals employ to improve care processes aren't working to curb unplanned heart failure readmissions, according to researchers at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. ...
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Hospital construction booming - FierceHealthcare

Hospital construction booming - FierceHealthcare | Hospitals: Costs, Care, & Coverage | Scoop.it
Despite the sluggish economy and uncertainly surrounding health reform, healthcare construction projects are booming, as large health systems and regional hospitals continue to make multi-million-dollar capital investments.
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The Fraying Hospital Safety Net

The Fraying Hospital Safety Net | Hospitals: Costs, Care, & Coverage | Scoop.it
So-called safety-net hospitals have long been considered the ugly stepchild of the American health care system, but as a new study reports, you can't judge the quality of a hospital's care by its decor.
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Half of leaders say hospital performance is mediocre - FierceHealthcare

Half of leaders say hospital performance is mediocre - FierceHealthcare | Hospitals: Costs, Care, & Coverage | Scoop.it
About half (49 percent) of healthcare executives say their organization operates at a mediocre level with top performers getting recognition and rewards.
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Needed: A New Paradigm for Hospital Management - Forbes

Needed:  A New Paradigm for Hospital Management - Forbes | Hospitals: Costs, Care, & Coverage | Scoop.it
A number of hospitals across the United States are trying new approaches to managing their complexity — and with their progress a new paradigm for hospital management may be taking shape.
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Hospital execs prepare for OR boost - FierceHealthcare

Hospital execs prepare for OR boost - FierceHealthcare | Hospitals: Costs, Care, & Coverage | Scoop.it
Nearly half (49 percent) of hospital executives reported their operating room case volume increased in the past year, while 73 percent expect it to grow during the next year three years.
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Hospitals, retail clinics affiliate in partnered care - FierceHealthcare

Hospitals, retail clinics affiliate in partnered care - FierceHealthcare | Hospitals: Costs, Care, & Coverage | Scoop.it
Adding to the growing list of hospital-retail clinic partnerships, UCLA Health System is affiliating with CVS Caremark's MinuteClinic, to improve the quality and affordability of healthcare services.
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