January/February 2012 CMO Supplement

Current Issue of Becker's CMO Supplement

Strategies to Encourage Evidence-Based Medicine in Hospitals

Evidence-based medicine is a key component in reaching healthcare reform's goals of higher quality and lower costs. Click to continue »

The Valued Partner: Q&A With Catholic Health Initiatives CMO Dr. Stephen Moore

The country's increased focus on high-quality but cost-effective care is setting off a sea change in the healthcare industry. Click to continue »

Study: Medical Homes Only Bring Modest Improvements in Quality, Satisfaction

Researchers have suggested that the transformation of primary care clinics into medical homes may yield only modest improvements in healthcare quality and patient experience, according to a study published in the Annals of Family Medicine. Click to continue »

Using Bundled Payments to Drive Quality Improvement

The 1965 implementation of Medicare has given American seniors a buttress against health and financial hardships but at the expense of uncontrolled costs that now threaten our nation's economic viability. Click to continue »

Succeeding in Physician Preference Management: 5 Tested Imperatives to Boost Your Efforts

When I consult with healthcare organizations regarding their physician preference contracting initiatives, I often hear remarks such as "We haven’t been successful in physician preference contracting because we can't get our physicians to cooperate." Click to continue »

Free Medication Improves Medication Adherence, Outcomes

Heart attack patients who got free medications were less likely to be rehospitalized for heart attack or heart failure and more likely to adhere to medication plans than those who had co-pays, according to late-breaking research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2011. Click to continue »

Uninsured Patients Have Shorter Hospital Stays

Patients without insurance have shorter hospital stays for both preventable and non-preventable conditions, according to a study published in the Annals of Family Medicine. Click to continue »

Study: 83% of Americans Don’t Follow Prescribed Treatment Plans

A large majority of 1,015 surveyed Americans (83 percent) admit they don't comply with treatment plans prescribed by their physicians, according to a recent study by TeleVox. Click to continue »

Study: Disease Registries Improve Care, Reduce Costs

An international study of thirteen registries in five countries suggests that disease registries enable healthcare professionals to engage in continuous learning as well as identify and share best clinical practices, according to a Health Affairs release. Click to continue »

10 Hospital Markets With the Highest, Lowest Patient Satisfaction Rates

Kaiser Health News has compiled a list of nearly 300 regional hospital markets ranked for patient satisfaction. Click to continue »

National Quality Forum Releases 21 Endorsed Surgical Care Measures

The National Quality Forum has released 21 newly endorsed surgical care measures, covering areas such as esophageal resection and transfusion and venous thromboembolism. Click to continue »

CMS Final Rule Allows Use of Medicare Claims to Assess Providers’ Performance

CMS has released a final rule that allows for the use of standardized extracts of Medicare claims data for qualified entities to measure healthcare providers' and suppliers' performance. Click to continue »

Hospital and Health System CMOs on the Move

Here are eight recent hospital and health system chief medical officer appointments and resignations. Click to continue »

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