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Reducing Sepsis Infection Rates through Ownership and Storytelling

April 7, 2014
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      PODCAST : Dr. Scott Neeley, VP Medical Affairs at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton, CA, explains how he and his team were able to drastically reduce sepsis infection rates within their hospital.

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Healthy consumer? Don’t charge a premium

August 13, 2012

Sometimes, taking an idea to its extreme offers food for thought — and this is definitely extreme.  What would a world be like in which a consumer who’s in measurably great health paid little or nothing for their health insurance coverage? Yeah, managed care execs, I can already hear you screaming “How can we survive this way?” […]

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How can information technology improve health care?

October 14, 2010

I recall first asking this question in leadership forums in our online network in 1997, hoping that a Nobel laureate or Turing Award winner might have a quick answer. A few weeks earlier I had escorted my brother Brett and his wife from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, seeking a […]

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Sale of PA hospitals puts health system at heart of political debate

October 14, 2010
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While they might not have sought the attention, like it or not a group of hospitals in Scranton, PA are finding themselves at the center of some pivotal debates about healthcare, politics and patient care. Last week, Mercy Health Partners announced that it was looking to find a buyer for several of its hospitals and […]

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ExpressScripts develops technology to predict patient med adherence

October 14, 2010
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Express Scripts, a drug benefit management company Express Scripts is using a new tool to help lower healthcare costs: predictive computer models. The company announced that it has successfully tested a set of computer models that sift through patient data to predict whether or not a patient will likely adhere to prescribed drug therapies. According […]

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New artificial skin touches and “feels” objects, researchers say

September 14, 2010
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Here’s some research which,  if it comes to fruition, could change medicine, biotech and perhaps manufacturing too. If nothing else, it should give us another chance to redefine what having “senses” really means. A group of California researchers say they’re getting close to creating an artificial form of skin which, though it  has no living parts, can touch and feel with  enough […]

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Congressional groundswell emerging to change tax provision in reform law

September 12, 2010
Congress may change tax reporting requirements under reform law

The reform law may be facing its first serious challenge, with Democrats joining Republicans to seek repeal of a tax provision in reform legislation. According to The New York Times, current rules within PPACA require businesses to file a 1099 form naming anyone to whom they pay $600 or more for goods or services in […]

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