|Study tallies cost of growing reliance on emergency care|
Along with an increase in ED visits, CT and MRI use has tripled in a decade as the patient population becomes more complex. Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2013 4:00 am CDT
|Fewer patients struggle with medical debt|
People across various demographic categories reported improvement in their ability to pay for care. Posted Tuesday, June 18, 2013 4:00 am CDT
|ACA likely to produce more hospital consolidation|
Judging by Massachusetts’ experience, a new report predicts a wave of hospital alliances nationwide beginning soon after Jan. 1, 2014. Posted Monday, June 17, 2013 4:00 am CDT
|Healthcare Consolidation: M&A Not the Only Way|
Regulatory barriers that once thwarted any pressure felt by hospitals and health systems to consolidate and uncover economies of scale or scope have eased. But consolidation doesn't always come via an acquisition.Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2013 6:41 am CDT
|Medicine grapples with apps|
Christine Porter is hooked on the MyFitnessPal app. In October, after deciding to lose 50 pounds, Porter started typing in everything she eats, drinks and any exercise she gets. "This is my main page here," says Porter. "It's telling me I have about 1,200 calories remaining for the day. When I want to record something I just click the 'add to diary' button. I'm on it all day either through my phone or through the computer." She says she's lost 42 pounds in nine months. Health apps like MyFitnessPal are turning smartphones and tablets into exercise aids, blood pressure monitors and even devices that transmit an electrocardiogram. But the explosion of apps is way ahead of tests to determine which ones work. Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2013 6:01 am CDT
|Opinion: Should hospital payments be cut if it's cheaper in doctor's office?|
I emailed a handful of North Texas hospital executives to get their take on a federal advisory panel's recommendation that Congress cut payments to hospitals for services that can be provided less expensively in doctors' offices. It turned out to be a lively debate. Joel Allison, president & CEO of Dallas-based Baylor Health Care System said patients get the best value when they're treated in the most appropriate venue. "Depending on a patient's condition, a hospital which by design has greater capabilities may be more appropriate than a physician's office for certain services," Allison said in reply to my email. "To ensure that hospitals can continue to provide appropriate care to patients in the right setting, they need to be adequately reimbursed."Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2013 5:57 am CDT
|Obesity, Diabetes Stymie Physicians|
Physicians and others, such as the YMCA, are working to reduce obesity and related diseases. Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2013 12:00 am CDT
|Working Together to Root Out Readmissions|
Hospitals and health systems face growing internal and external pressures to reduce avoidable readmissions. In New Hampshire, more than 22 hospitals are sharing ideas and best practices to root out the problem. We profile their efforts as part of our ongoing coverage of the HRET Hospital Engagement Network. Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2013 12:00 am CDT
|Team-based Care: The New Primary Care Delivery Model|
A family's journey to manage their diabetic child's health is aided by a comprehensive, team-based approach to care. Despite the many benefits of team-based care, it still hasn't been widely adopted. Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2013 12:00 am CDT
|Avoiding Medical Practice Hiring Pitfalls|
Posted Tuesday, June 18, 2013 11:05 am CDT
Why prioritizing personality and cultural fit is becoming more important when hiring at medical practices.
|More Effectively Schedule Patient Visits at Your Practice|
Posted Tuesday, June 18, 2013 10:58 am CDT
Effective patient visit scheduling is obviously not as easy as it seems. Here's how to ensure your practice makes smart scheduling decisions.
|Vendor Relationships and Your Medical Practice|
Posted Tuesday, June 18, 2013 3:46 pm CDT
Vendor relationship management, done with purpose and thoughtfulness, can benefit any medical practice - large or small.
|Poll: Few uninsured have heard about ObamaCare exchanges|
Few uninsured people have heard more than a little about ObamaCare's new health insurance marketplaces, highlighting the task facing the Obama administration as it seek to sell the law to this group.
Another third say they've heard "only a little" about the new opportunity for healthcare coverage. Half say they've heard nothing at all. The survey was released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2013 9:44 am CDT
|McConnell slams Dems for spending millions on ObamaCare 'P.R. blitz'|
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) criticized President Obama for launching a “campaign-style P.R. blitz” to explain the healthcare reform law to the public.
“Americans still don’t like the idea of Obamacare. Not because they’re unable to understand, or because they just haven’t ‘seen the right messaging,’” McConnell said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “It’s because they just don’t think the law is going to work as promised.”Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2013 9:29 am CDT
|GAO: ObamaCare launch in doubt|
A government report says it remains to be seen whether the administration will be ready on Oct. 1.