mHealth: Thereís a Grant for That

By 2015 more than 500 million smartphone users worldwide will be using healthcare applications, research studies show. So itís not surprising the FDA is taking a closer look at some of these apps, specifically, those whose misuse could endanger its users. Read more


Risk-Stratification Can Lead to Decrease in Readmissions

By risk-stratifying patients at high risk for hospitalizations and re-hospitalizations into a coordinated, multi-disciplinarian program, HealthCare Partners Medical Group of California has significantly reduced readmissions for its patients, reports Dr. Stuart Levine, MHA, corporate medical director for HealthCare Partners Medical Group. Read more    


Bon Secours Models Nurse Navigators On Geisinger Embedded Case Managers

Bon Secours Health System has put its own spin on the embedded case manager at the center of Geisingerís Proven Health Navigator model, adding home-grown care improvement tools and retooled workflows to support Bon Secours RN Nurse Navigators. Read more    


7 Quality of Care Investments That Earned Marshall Clinic $15.83 Million in Shared Savings

Marshfield Clinic, one of 10 participants in the CMS Physician Group Practice Demonstration, invested in seven key areas to improve quality of care delivered to patients. Marshfield Clinic was one of four participants to generate significant savings under the terms of the demonstration that resulted in a $15.83 million performance payment. Read more    


5 Steps to Reduce 30-Day Readmissions for Heart Attack, Heart Failure and Pneumonia

How to reduce rehospitalizations for the ďbig 3? to improve core measure ratings? ďHit them hard and hit them big time,Ē says Dr. Steve Berkowitz, president at SMB Health Consulting and former chief medical officer for the central and west Texas division of HCA at St. Davidís HealthCare. Read more    


7 Emerging Trends in Healthcare Case Management

Not only are more healthcare organizations utilizing case managers, but the practice of embedding case managers at the point of care is intensifying, according to the second annual Healthcare Case Management survey conducted in January 2011. For example, the number of case managers working in hospital admissions offices nearly doubled from 2010 to 2011. Read more    


Standardizing Shift-to-Shift Patient Handoffs Could Reduce Medical Errors

Faulty or incomplete handoffs of patients between provider shifts in teaching hospitals may be responsible for more medical errors occurring in hospitals than overworked, sleep-deprived medical residents, suggests an article in the August 7, 2011 New York Times Magazine. Read more    


Less is More When it Comes to Healthcare

Less is more, at least when it comes to certain medical procedures.

That was the conclusion of a recent study by the American Heart Association (AHA) and reported here in a recent issue of Healthcare Business Weekly Update. Read more    


Rapid Identification of Hospital Core Measure Patients Improves Hospital Bottom Line

Even one miss on a hospital core measure can mean the loss of a significant amount of money for an organization, says Dr. Steven Berkowitz, MD, president SMB Health Consulting and former chief medical officer of St. Davidís Healthcare System. Read more    


Reasons to Light a Fire Under Smoking Cessation Efforts

A recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that obesity is statistically a greater threat to overall public health than tobacco. However, there is still a burning need for programs to reduce tobacco use, according to findings from HINís 2010 survey on tobacco cessation and prevention efforts. Read more    

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