healthcare costs

How Hospitals can Cut Costs by Improving Observation

December 9, 2013
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In searching for ways to save your hospital money, have you looked at your organization’s observation services? According to Dr. Michael Ross, associate professor of  emergency medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine and lead author of a revealing study in Health Affairs, most hospital’s observation services are “inefficient and disorganized,” thus “putting huge […]

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Health-Care Costs are Dropping, but Why?

November 25, 2013
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The information coming across the health-care news wires over the last several weeks has been confusing, befuddling, and aggravating at best. With all of the issues related to the health-care reform roll-out, it’s tough to cut through the speculation and nail down the definitive truth. If definitive truth even exists in health care today. Nevertheless, […]

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Kaiser Permanente Integration Model Has Pros, Cons (Part 2 of 2)

March 28, 2013

In our last post, we began dissecting Reed Abelson’s in-depth look in The New York Times at the Kaiser Permanente integration model and its failure to lower the cost of healthcare, a fact that Kaiser’s critics focus on. Perhaps it would do the industry well to remember the old saying, “Pioneers take the arrows.” For […]

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Kaiser Permanente Integration Model Has Pros, Cons (Part 1 of 2)

March 28, 2013

We’ve written before about the leadership Kaiser Permanente has shown in pioneering an integrated model of healthcare, one that has become even more relevant under reform. As admired as Kaiser’s innovations are, however, Reed Abelson of The New York Times provides an in-depth look at some of the complexities behind the Kaiser model, including the […]

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Argument settled: U.S. healthcare costs out-of-control

October 24, 2012

For most informed Americans, the argument over U.S. healthcare costs being out-of-control is really no argument at all. It’s an unsettling reality and a disturbing fact about our nation. It’s also a problem that becomes all-the-more perplexing when you compare our healthcare costs to the healthcare costs of other nations. Jason Kane of the PBS […]

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