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  1. Healthcare executives define 3 principal challenges in 2015

    More than 30 senior executives from healthcare organizations across the U.S. discussed different perspectives on a variety of topics at the annual Huron Healthcare CEO Forum.  By Tamara Rosin -
  2. Surgical checklists may not be effective at improving safety, study finds

    Checklists are often used in healthcare settings, like operating rooms, to try to prevent adverse patient events like surgical site infections or wrong-site surgery. But checklist-based quality improvement initiatives may not be effective at achieving that goal, according to a study published in JAMA Surgery. By Heather Punke -
  3. 7 latest hospital, health system layoffs

    The following hospitals and health systems shared plans for or implemented layoffs in the past month. They are listed by the number of positions or employees affected.  By Kelly Gooch -

How mobile apps can reduce preventable readmissions 

This new whitepaper presents: efficient mobile strategies for readmission reduction; three apps to target readmissions your organization can launch in weeks; and six best practices for building cost-effective hospital mobile apps.  
  1. Prime Healthcare Services completes acquisition of North Vista Hospital

    Ontario, Calif.-based Prime Healthcare Services has completed its acquisition of 177-bed North Vista Hospital in North Las Vegas, Nev.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. UnitedHealthcare, Catalyst Health Network form ACO

    UnitedHealthcare and Plano, Texas-based Catalyst Health Network plan to create an accountable care organization for UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored health plan beneficiaries in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to a release in the Fort Mill Times.  By Emily Rappleye -
  3. Allegheny Health Network hires 15 physicians to compete with UPMC's childbirth services

    Allegheny Health Network added 15 physicians to the ranks at Jefferson Hospital in Pittsburgh to accommodate twice-as-many annual births, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times.  By Emily Rappleye -
  4. Cleveland Clinic accused of Medicare fraud in False Claims Act lawsuit

    Cleveland Clinic has been hit with a federal False Claims Act lawsuit alleging the system performs unnecessary medical tests and procedures on patients, according to a report.  By Ayla Ellison -

How Americans view healthcare 

A recent study released by Booz Allen Hamilton and Ipsos Public Affairs reveals how Americans view healthcare by exploring the perceptions of consumers and providers among three main trends. 
  1. MU Health Care, Cerner design clinic rooms for better patient experience

    In collaboration with Cerner, University of Missouri Health Care opened this month a new Columbia, Mo.-based outpatient facility outfitted with patient-centered, tech-enabled spaces.  By Emily Rappleye -
  2. Why most hospitals will never collect their Medicare quality bonuses

    Although 1,714 hospitals earned bonuses under the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program this year, fewer than 800 will actually receive their bonus, according to a Kaiser Health News report.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. UPMC extends transplant services beyond Pittsburgh

    Starting the summer 2015, Pittsburgh-based UPMC will launch a kidney transplant program at UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pa., according to a TribLive report.  By Shannon Barnet -
  4. Tenet to renew talks over major hospital deal in Connecticut

    Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare has accepted Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy's offer to once again begin negotiating the terms of a transaction that involves the for-profit hospital operator acquiring five hospitals in the state, according to an NBC Connecticut report.  By Ayla Ellison -

Secure Mobile Communications in the Healthcare Industry

Using inefficient communication systems in care delivery can negatively impact patient safety, satisfaction and outcomes.
  1. New bill introduced to overturn PPACA's individual mandate

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, one of the health reform law's most controversial provisions, would be overturned under recently introduced legislation, according to The New York Times.  By Ayla Ellison -
  2. Trigg County Hospital CEO resigns

    Alisa Coleman, CEO of Trigg County Hospital in Cadiz, Ky., is resigning after 10 years at the helm. According to the Cadiz Record, her last day as CEO will be Jan. 30.  By Tamara Rosin -
  3. Senator urges hospitals nationwide to stop suing poor patients

    U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) is urging U.S. nonprofit hospitals to stop using the legal system to go after poor patients over unpaid bills, according to a ProPublica and National Public Radio report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Hospitals: Why are you surprised nobody wants to use your patient portal?

    It's a familiar routine for many patients: navigate to a hospital website and let the clicking begin. First locate the patient portal. Log in. Want to see X-rays from a past appointment? Log into a different portal. Hoping to pay a bill? Try again. Just looking to confirm an upcoming appointment? Go back to the first login and — oh, the server is down. By Emily Rappleye -
  5. For Epic implementation, Mayo Clinic will drop Cerner, GE contracts

    Earlier this week, Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic announced it selected to adopt Epic's EHR and revenue cycle management platform. By Akanksha Jayanthi -
  6. Mount St. Mary's CEO to depart after Catholic Health merger

    Judith Maness, CEO of Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston, N.Y., will retire June 30 after the completion of a merger with Catholic Health, according to Buffalo Business First. By Tamara Rosin -
  7. Sizing down: Why one health system executive created a strategy team "to be as small as reasonably possible"

    As health systems expand into new regions, their moves are akin to a live version of the board game "Risk," in which players must occupy the most territory to win. Just like acquiring new territory in the board game, expanding a healthcare system requires careful strategy and planning. However, unlike "Risk," employees and bosses multiply as systems grow, and accountability can get muddled. Imagine playing a board game when an increasing number of people must decide each subsequent move.  By Emily Rappleye -
  8. Increased Medicaid reimbursement benefited patients, study shows

    Increased Medicaid payments to primary care providers, per the Patient and Protection Affordable Care Act, was advantageous for patients, as Medicaid enrollees saw improved appointment availability among participating providers without longer waiting times, according to an article published in The New England Journal of Medicine.  By Kelly Gooch -
  9. CRE infections at Virginia Mason tied to dirty scopes

    Between 2012 and 2014, at least 35 patients at Seattle-based Virginia Mason Medical Center fell ill from carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae infections, according to a Seattle Times report. By Heather Punke -

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