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  1.'s plan to take on healthcare

    Will one of America's most innovative companies be able to disrupt healthcare?  
  2. Medical school enrollment reaches all-time high, AAMC calls on feds to lift residency cap

    This year's incoming class of medical students is the largest and most diverse yet, at 20,343 first-time enrollees, according to information released today by the Association of American Medical Colleges.  
  3. Highmark's Patient-Centered Medical Home program reports success in year two

    Pittsburgh-based Highmark's Patient-Centered Medical Home program proves successful in its second year with lower percentages of readmission rates, emergency room visits, prescriptions, and inpatient care and inpatient surgeries, according to a company statement.  

The opportunity to significantly increase profits

As hospitals survey the landscape today, there aren't many opportunities to improve profitability. Out-of-network represents a last, great opportunity for many hospitals to improve profitability.
  1. Select healthcare sector M&A trends and the failing firm defense

    A common area for the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") anti-trust law enforcement to arise is in merger and acquisition transactions. Although down slightly from the same period in 2013, hospital mergers and acquisitions ("M&A") are occurring frequently.  
  2. If we’re not accessible to our patients, we’re no better than the cable company

    5 elements of building high-impact quality programs for anesthesia and pain management   
  3. The evolution of anesthesia: 20 facts, trends and thoughts on the administration and development of anesthesia

    Anesthesia has played an integral role in medicine since the first successful surgical procedure was performed with anesthesia in 1846. However, the exact way anesthesia affects the brain is still not fully understood, and the risks associated with it pose serious potential health threats. A series of facts, trends, and thoughts on the administration and development of anesthesia is listed below.  
  4. Optum announces acquisition of Alere Health

    Optum, a division of Minneapolis-based UnitedHealth Group, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Waltham, Mass.-based healthcare diagnostics and solutions provider Alere Health.  

Align Information Security and Safety 

What is your hospital's biggest security threat? Are you prepared to stop it?
  1. Response to Ebola in US gets political: Who has the last say over quarantines?

    Federal and state agencies are butting heads over the appropriateness, and effectiveness, of mandatory quarantines for travelers returning from West Africa.  
  2. Phelps Memorial Hospital Center CEO Keith F. Safian retires

    Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, located in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., has announced the retirement of Keith F. Safian, the hospital's CEO effective Nov. 30, according to a recent report. 
  3. Houston Methodist names Dan Newman CEO of St. John Hospital

    Houston Methodist has named Dan Newman CEO of its St. John Hospital in Clear Lake, Texas after serving as the hospital's interim CEO for the past six months, according to the Houston BizBlog. 
  4. Lahey Health announces retirement of two hospital CEOs

    Burlington, Mass.-based Lahey Health Board of Trustees has announced Denis Conroy, CEO of Beverly Hospital, located in Beverly, Mass., and Addison Gilbert Hospital, located in Gloucester, will retire on Jan. 15, 2015. The Board also announced the retirement of Kevin Smith, CEO of Winchester (Mass.) Hospital, which will also come into effect on Jan. 15, 2015. 

Socioeconomic factors and readmissions

In this podcast, David Foster and Brian Waterman of Truven Health discuss socioeconomic factors related to readmissions, and how access to data can help achieve and maintain organization-wide improvements.
  1. Montgomery County Memorial Hospital names David Abercrombie CEO

    Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa, has appointed David Abercrombie as CEO, effective Dec. 8. 
  2. Placentia-Linda Hospital appoints Audrey Gregory CEO

    Placentia (Calif.)-Linda Hospital, part of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, has named Audrey Gregory, RN, BSN, MSN, MHA, PhD, as CEO. 
  3. 3 of the most frightening things in healthcare today

    Three problems in healthcare today will likely linger for longer than anyone in their right mind would like. 
  4. 25 CMIOs to know

    The role of the CMIO is gaining importance in healthcare as hospitals and health systems seek to marry clinical processes with information systems. Health IT is emerging as a priority for many healthcare providers, largely bolstered by federal initiatives and a push toward interoperability and data exchanges. 
  5. 3 steps to engage patients, personalize care and strengthen your health system's brand

    3 tips for healthcare providers looking to become more productive and patient-centric.  
  6. Judge approves sale of Crittenden Regional Hospital's assets

    After filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in September, the Crittenden Hospital Association has received approval from U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Audrey Evans to hire an auctioneer to sell some of its $27.75 million in assets, according to an Arkansas Business report.  
  7. Aetna, Sam's Club to launch private health insurance exchange

    Sam's Club has  announced it will join the ranks of retailers who offer a private health insurance exchange for its members, according to a Washington Post report.  
  8. Cleveland Clinic breaks ground on inpatient hospital

    Cleveland Clinic has broken ground on  a five-story, 221,500-square foot inpatient hospital in Avon, Ohio, according to a Crain's Cleveland Business report.  
  9. Privately insured Americans paid more for fewer medical services in 2013

    Privately insured Americans utilized fewer medical services in 2013 than the previous year, yet healthcare spending increased, according to the recently released 2013 Health Care Cost and Utilization Report.  

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