Hospital outpatient strategies — The future is here

After launching as a company focused on helping physicians build de novo ambulatory surgery centers, Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America saw an opportunity in the market to expand: turning around failing ASCs and working with hospitals on joint venture centers. By Laura Dyrda -

How to optimize patient flow with multidisciplinary huddles

Last year Oschner Health System treated patients from all 50 states and became a preferred destination for healthcare between Birmingham and Houston. By Laura Dyrda -

It Takes 1,095 Days to Build a Hospital Brand

Any form of hospital or health system branding should be thought of as a three-year project.  By Molly Gamble -

4 Iowa Mercy Health Network Hospitals Form Regional Board

Four hospitals within Des Moines, Iowa-based Mercy Health Network have formed a regional governing board to oversee the strategic direction of the hospitals, according to a system news release.  By Molly Gamble -

4 Strategic Imperatives for Hospitals and Health Systems

Hospitals and health systems need to pinpoint their operational focus and differentiating characteristics before they do anything else related to strategy, according to a new white paper from Booz & Company.  By Molly Gamble -

Regional Medical Center at Memphis Takes on New Name

Regional Medical Center at Memphis (Tenn.) and its affiliated entities are taking on a new name — Regional One Health — according to a Memphis Business Journal report.  By Molly Gamble -

The Impact of Disruptive Technology and the Extinction of Hospital Care

As a youth, I found the Loch Ness Monster fascinating. You would see grainy pictures of what looked like a head or part of its snakelike body breeching the surface of the water. This raised many forms of imaginative thoughts. By James Hamilton, MBA, SM(ASCP), FACMPE, Author, Health Futurist, Ambulatory Medical Management -

Iron County Hospital Now a Medical Center

Iron County Hospital in Pilot Knob, Mo., is now Iron County Medical Center, according to a Wayne County Journal-Banner report. By Heather Punke -

10 Steps to Build a Business Case for Payment Reform

Healthcare's traditional fee-for-service payment system can create "large and often insurmountable barriers" to changes in patient care, such as avoiding unnecessary tests or providing treatment at earlier and lower-cost stages of disease.  By Molly Gamble -

UCSF Medical Center, Walgreens Launch Joint Pharmacy

UCSF Medical Center has partnered with Walgreen Co., the nation's largest drugstore chain, to open a pharmacy on the University of California, San Francisco's campus. By Bob Herman -

Value-Based Care and Children's Hospitals: Routing the Next Steps

Shifts within the Medicaid marketplace are making children's hospitals reevaluate how they approach billing, payment, physician alignment, care delivery and care quality measurements.  By Molly Gamble -

American Academy of Pediatrics Opposes Retail Clinics for Kids' Primary Care

In a new policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics states its opposition for retail-based clinics as "an appropriate source of medical care for infants, children and adolescents" and strongly discourages use of the care setting.  By Molly Gamble -

The $900M Hospital: What Kaiser is Doing in San Diego

Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente has broken ground on a new hospital in San Diego — and it is expected to cost $900 million. By Bob Herman -

10 States With the Highest Scores of Well-Being

An analysis from Healthways and Gallup identifies the top states for well-being, based on Americans' perceptions of physical and emotional health, work environments, social factors and access to living necessities.  By Molly Gamble -

32 Organizations Participating in IHI's Joint Replacement Collaborative

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Harvard Business School have created a new initiative that will focus on lowering costs and improving health outcomes associated with knee and hip replacements. By Bob Herman -

Pennsylvania Health Alliance Now Called Noble Health Alliance

A health system alliance formed in 2013 between four Pennsylvania health systems is now called Noble Health Alliance. By Heather Punke -

Brigham and Women's Hospital May Expand to China

Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston may expand its footprint to China, according to a Bloomberg report.  By Molly Gamble -

Lurie Children's Hospital Admissions Up 6% in First Year With New Name, Building

  Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago saw a 15 percent increase in its operating revenue during the first fiscal year after its high-profile relocation, according to a Crain's Chicago Business report.  By Molly Gamble -

Hospitals Take Hunger Into Their Own Hands

Some health systems and hospitals are expanding their focus from traditional medical conditions by bolstering efforts to treat hunger, according to an article from U.S. News & World Report. By Molly Gamble -

The Challenges and Promise of Robust Population Health

It's no secret that healthcare is changing. Traditional fee-for-service payment models are going away in favor of quality-based payment models. However, with this transition comes the challenge of positioning providers for success under these new models.  By Greg Chittim, Senior Director, Arcadia Healthcare Solutions -

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