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  1. Giving thanks for these 9 medical pioneers

    Happy Thanksgiving! Here at Becker’s Healthcare, we’d like to give thanks to a few of the many men and women whose pioneering work underpins modern medicine. Medicine is one of the most collaborative disciplines, and without the contributions of these individuals medical care today would be very different. By Ellie Rizzo -
  2. Northwestern Memorial becomes GE center of excellence

    General Electric, one of the largest employers in the United States, has designated Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago as one of its centers of excellence for total hip and knee replacement surgeries, according to a recent Business Insurance report.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. Are wellness programs working? 4 observations

    Under the assumption that improved employee health could reduce the burden of healthcare costs to employers, workplace wellness programs have become increasingly popular in U.S. businesses. However, recent analysis has determined wellness programs actually increase employer spending on healthcare with no net health benefit, and can even pose additional health risks, according to a recent article in Health Affairs. By Tamara Rosin -

Information governance in healthcare

Today, healthcare is increasingly impacted by technological change. The emergence of the electronic health record (EHR), the increased use of business intelligence and data analytics, an increasing emphasis on quality reporting, and the evolution of mobile and hand-held technology all contribute to an increase in information - in multiple formats - in multiple places - with multiple uses.
  1. 20 hospitals with great hand hygiene programs

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly one in 25 patients will contract a healthcare-associated infection. Physicians and healthcare workers, however, have the ability to reduce the number of HAIs by adhering to basic hand hygiene protocols.  By Shannon Barnet and Tamara Rosin -
  2. Insurers' lists of in-network physicians often outdated

    The array of in-network physicians insurers offer patients may be narrower than they seem, because the lists often include erroneous or out-of-date names or addresses, according to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal. By Tamara Rosin -
  3. How to handle negative online reviews

    Consumers have used online review sites to inform their restaurant, hotel and flight purchasing decisions for years. Recent studies show consumers are also using online physicians reviews to search for new physicians more than ever before, with the use of online reviews increasing by 68 percent within the last year. The increased use of these reviews creates many questions for physicians one being: What happens when a patient writes a seriously negative physician review? By Tamara Rosin -
  4. 6 physician group to cut ties with Lexington Regional Health Center

    Lexington, Neb.-based Plum Creek Medicine Group resigned privileges at Lexington (Neb.) Regional Health Center last weekend due to deteriorating relations between physicians and the hospital, according to the North Platte Telegraph.  By Emily Rappleye -

5 Practices for Labor Cost & Care Quality 

Healthcare organizations are driving labor cost containment and quality of care initiatives by leveraging workforce data. Learn more about the top five workforce management best practices as identified by 124 senior leaders in a recent Health Leaders survey and understand how these strategies can help your organization achieve cost and quality improvements.
  1. 22 hospital transactions and partnerships in November

    The following hospital mergers, acquisitions and general transactions took place or were announced in November, beginning with the most recent.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Capella Healthcare, MUSC launch clinically integrated network

    The nonprofit Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston is teaming up with Franklin-Tenn.-based for-profit Capella Healthcare to form a new healthcare delivery network, according to Nashville Business Journal.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. Flying for the holidays? 10 ways to avoid getting sick

    Anyone who has ever worked in a hospital knows that things aren't always as clean as they appear, including airplanes. For those travelers taking flight during the holidays, knowing where planes are germiest can reduce the chances of getting sick.  By Shannon Barnet -
  4. Largest hospital, health systems layoffs of 2014

    Thirty-seven hospital and health systems announced or implemented workforce reductions affecting more than 100 employees this year, at press time. The following systems are listed below, in order of the number of positions affected.  By Tamara Rosin -

The New PPACA Payments Environment

The landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is playing a major role in moving the healthcare industry to greater reliance on electronic payments and administration.
  1. 462,125 sign up for PPACA coverage in first week

    The numbers are in: 462,125 people selected a healthcare plan from from November 15 to 21, and 48 percent of those individuals were first-time customers, according to a Reuters report.  By Molly Gamble -
  2. Patients in the blind spot: How hidden biases affect healthcare

    Carla Kaplan's boyfriend rushed her to the emergency room at Yale-New Haven Hospital after she accidentally sliced her hand open in the kitchen. She had an important hand, her boyfriend explained in the ER. She was an avid quilter. She was also a young professor in her late twenties at Yale University at the time.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. Trinity Health's surplus down $118.7M

    Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health, formerly known as CHE Trinity, reported a net surplus of $114.7 million for the first quarter of its fiscal 2015, down from the $233.4 million surplus the system posted for the same period of last year.  By Ayla Ellison -
  4. Fox News correspondent joins list of speakers at Becker's 6th Annual Meeting

    Fox News correspondent Tucker Carlson will be joining the list of speakers at our upcoming Hospital Review 6th Annual Meeting.  By Staff -
  5. 4 thoughts on abrupt departure of United Technologies CEO

    How would a sudden departure impact a health system?  By Emily Rappleye -
  6. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic expand campus plans

    Cleveland-based Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic have announced their health education collaboration and state-of-the-art unified campus will now include dental and nursing students.  By Shannon Barnet -
  7. The hidden costs of healthcare: 5 things to know

    Roughly 81 percent of the $3.5 trillion in total healthcare expenditures in the United States are reported in the CMS' National Health Expenditure Accounts, according to a Deloitte report.  By Shannon Barnet -
  8. 8 steps to leading healthcare transformation

    There is no question the U.S. healthcare industry is facing major change. As systems condense and integrate, the push for value-based care continues and the industry faces a growing primary care shortage, healthcare leaders are tasked with guiding the transformation.  By Emily Rappleye -
  9. Humana, MultiCare Health System launch ACO

    Tacoma, Wash.-based MultiCare Health System will team up with Louisville, Ky.-based Humana to form a new accountable care organization in the Seattle-Tacoma area, according to Puget Sound Business Journal.  By Emily Rappleye -

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