Category Archives: Hospital Services

EDs Seeing More Patients with Complex, Chronic Conditions, Mental Illness; Fewer Injuries

The rate of emergency department (ED) visits in California for non-injuries has risen while the rate of visits for injuries has dropped, according to a new study led by UC San Francisco that documents the increasing amount of care provided … finish reading EDs Seeing More Patients with Complex, Chronic Conditions, Mental Illness; Fewer Injuries

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Colorado Hospital Engagement Network Reduces Healthcare Costs by $15 Million, Avoidable Readmissions by 11 Percent

Colorado hospitals and health systems participating in a three-year quality improvement project led by the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) prevented 2,800 patient harms, 1,250 of which were avoidable readmissions, for an estimated cost savings of $14.8 million, according to the … finish reading Colorado Hospital Engagement Network Reduces Healthcare Costs by $15 Million, Avoidable Readmissions by 11 Percent

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Pilot Prevents Unnecessary Hospitalizations by Optimizing Transfers of Nursing Facility Residents

Designed to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations of nursing facility patients, a new study focuses on how to optimize transfers of these patients between facilities and acute-care institutions by improving care and communication, according to research from Indiana University (IU) and Regenstrief … finish reading Pilot Prevents Unnecessary Hospitalizations by Optimizing Transfers of Nursing Facility Residents

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CMS Releases Data on Financial Relationships Between Healthcare Industry, Doctors, Teaching Hospitals

Designed to help consumers understand the financial relationships between healthcare industry officials, physicians and teaching hospitals, and promote transparency and accountability, CMS has released the first round of Open Payments. The program, created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), lists … finish reading CMS Releases Data on Financial Relationships Between Healthcare Industry, Doctors, Teaching Hospitals

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Focus on Preventable Readmissions Could Save Hospitals Financial Penalties

Reporting of hospital readmission rates should be based exclusively on preventable or potentially preventable readmissions, so that hospitals are not unfairly penalized, according to researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt University. Preventable … finish reading Focus on Preventable Readmissions Could Save Hospitals Financial Penalties

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Some Hospitals Set Charges at More Than 10 Times their Costs

Despite increasing scrutiny on hospital pricing practices, some U.S. hospitals are charging more than 10 times their cost, or nearly $1200 for every $100 of their total costs, according to new data released by National Nurses United (NNU) and the … finish reading Some Hospitals Set Charges at More Than 10 Times their Costs

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Setting Price Caps on Surgeries Doesn’t Always Generate Healthcare Savings: Study

Despite successfully setting price caps on hip and knee replacements in California, reference pricing’s potential to generate healthcare savings hasn’t materialized, according to a qualitative study by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) for the nonpartisan, nonprofit National … finish reading Setting Price Caps on Surgeries Doesn’t Always Generate Healthcare Savings: Study

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BCBSM-Munson Contract Embraces Value-Based Reimbursement Approach

Munson Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) are launching a new value-based hospital reimbursement agreement in northern Michigan designed to improve patient care and medical outcomes while also enhancing efficiency and holding down the cost of care. … finish reading BCBSM-Munson Contract Embraces Value-Based Reimbursement Approach

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PHO 2.0: Opportunities Abound in Physician-Hospital Organization Model

With acquisition and consolidation rampant on the value-based healthcare landscape, it’s time to take another look at the physician-hospital organization (PHO) model, suggest healthcare thought leaders Travis Ansel, manager of strategic services, Healthcare Strategy Group, and Greg Mertz, director of … finish reading PHO 2.0: Opportunities Abound in Physician-Hospital Organization Model

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Michigan Value Cooperative Targets Hospital Costs, Outcomes

A new initiative aimed at helping hospitals across the state understand their practice patterns compared with their peers, better manage costs and improve outcomes for patients has been launched by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Care Network, and … finish reading Michigan Value Cooperative Targets Hospital Costs, Outcomes

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