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  1. Survey: Only 19% of providers get paid for telemedicine

    While some consumers have expressed enthusiasm about telemedicine and private payers and CMS have displayed increasing interest in it, just 19 percent of healthcare practitioners said they have a system in place to get paid for telemedicine services, according to a recent survey. However, 33 percent of physicians surveyed are currently delivering services using telemedicine. By Tamara Rosin -
  2. Centura Health, Longmont United Hospital to affiliate

    Longmont (Colo.) United Hospital and Englewood, Colo.-based Centura Health have signed a letter of intent to affiliate.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. Nearly 20M misdirected physician referrals occur per year, survey shows

    About 19.7 million patients are inappropriately referred to a provider who is not the right match for their condition every year, according to the 2014 Kyruus Physician Referral Survey. The survey report highlights immense inefficiencies in the way referrals are managed in the U.S. healthcare system, as well as the financial and health risks improper referrals impose on both patients and providers. By Tamara Rosin -

Information governance in healthcare

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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. Cape Fear Valley Health announces 19 layoffs

    Fayetteville, N.C.-based Cape Fear Valley Health has announced plans to lay off 19 employees at Harnett Health, which includes two hospitals in Dunn, N.C., and Lillington, N.C., according to a Fay Observer report.  By Heather Punke -
  2. Cleveland Clinic names Dr. Adrienne Boissy CXO

    Adrienne Boissy, MD, will assume her role as Cleveland Clinic's chief experience officer early next year, according to a Crain's Cleveland Business report. By Molly Gamble -
  3. For innovation, look to the 90s

    The 1990s brought the rise (and fall) of managed care, a rush to employ (and then divest) physicians and perhaps the worst era of patient satisfaction in the history of modern medicine. However, the 90s also brought us something else. By Lindsey Dunn -
  4. Gundersen Health System becomes first in nation to achieve energy independence

    La Crosse, Wis.-based Gundersen Health System has become the first hospital system in the nation to achieve energy independence by producing more energy than it consumed in fossil fuels.  By Shannon Barnet -

5 Practices for Labor Cost & Care Quality 

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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. 11 emerging roles in healthcare

    The transition from volume to value has created the need for a variety of new roles within the healthcare ecosystem, and while healthcare leaders are aware of the need for these roles, many organizations haven't yet recruited, hired or trained employees for these new responsibilities, according a new survey of more than 300 human resources and clinical leaders.  By Lindsey Dunn -
  2. Sponsorship of Sylvania Franciscan Health transferred to CHI

    The sponsorship of Toledo, Ohio-based Sylvania Franciscan Health has been completely transferred from the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania (Ohio) to Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. Average base salary for healthcare executives rose 3.1% this year, study finds

    In 2014, the average base salary for hospital and health system executives rose an average of 3.1 percent, according to recent survey results from Sullivan, Cotter and Associates.  By Shannon Barnet -
  4. 12 recent hospital, health system executive moves

    The following hospital and health system executive moves occurred within the past week, beginning with the most recent.  By Tamara Rosin -

The New PPACA Payments Environment

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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. SCOTUS agrees to hear PPACA subsidy challenge

    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of King v. Burwell, a lawsuit challenging the legality of subsidies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. 6 considerations for a hospital’s playbook to combat data breaches

    The issue of data security and privacy has quickly become a huge societal concern that is having to be addressed by almost every stakeholder in every industry. It now seems like a common occurrence to read headlines of financial firms, retailers and other companies dealing with data breaches where infrastructural weaknesses are being exposed and sensitive customer information is being compromised.  By David J. Chamberlin and Cathy Barry-Ipema -
  3. Regional Provider Network appoints Dr. Michael Hein CEO

    Lincoln, Neb.-based Regional Provider Network has announced Michael Hein, MD, will serve as the network's CEO beginning Dec. 1, according to a recent report. By Tamara Rosin -
  4. How much care can physicians ethically provide outside of the office?

    Physicians are often asked to field medical questions outside the office. Sometimes they're even asked to give more than just a professional opinion: requests can include prescription refills and even surgeries. The American Medical Association warns physicians against providing this kind of informal care, with the exception of emergency situations, according to a recent essay in The New England Journal of Medicine.  By Emily Rappleye -
  5. Lehigh Valley Health Network names Dr. Brian Nester CEO

    Brian Nester, MD, has been named president and CEO of Allentown, Pa.-based Lehigh Valley Health Network after serving as the system's interim president and CEO since the retirement of Ronald Swinfard in July, according to a recent report. By Tamara Rosin -
  6. 9 recent hospital rating and outlook changes, affirmations

    The following hospital and health system rating and outlook changes and affirmations took place during the past week, starting with the most recent.  By Ayla Ellison -
  7. 5 recently announced ACOs

    The following is a roundup of recently announced accountable care organizations or collaborative care agreements, beginning with the most recent.  By Ayla Ellison -
  8. Ebola outbreak in Dallas ends today

    The Ebola outbreak in Dallas — the first city in the U.S. to experience transmission of the virus — is set to end late in the day Friday, as the last person being monitored for the disease reaches the end of the 21-day incubation period without showing symptoms. By Heather Punke -
  9. SwedishAmerican Health System, UW Health sign definitive merger agreement

    SwedishAmerican Health System, a two-hospital system in Rockford, Ill., and University of Wisconsin Health in Madison have signed a definitive agreement to merge.  By Ayla Ellison -

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