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Telemedicine Continues to Transform Healthcare (Part 2 of 2): Care in a Kiosk

May 21, 2013

We’ve all seen kiosks in our local malls and shopping arenas. They’re used by businesses to sell basically anything, from food to novelty items to cosmetic products.  But what if they could be used for something more than pure capitalism? What if they could be used to improve the healthcare of a nation? This is […]

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What Do Doctors Want from Your Organization? (Part 3 of 5)

April 16, 2013

We continue our look at the reasons why doctors want to be hired by healthcare organizations and at the various issues and factors behind hiring physicians. As Karen Minich-Pourshadi asks in her March 2013 article for HealthLeaders magazine, Exactly why do doctors favor employment over a joint-venture partnership? One reason is obvious: saving money. Britt […]

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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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Hospitals Upgrade Equipment to Better Treat Obese Patients

January 21, 2013

We often discuss the impact that high-obesity rates are having on hospitals and their budgets and quality scores. However, an article by Shari Rudavsky in The Indianapolis Star focuses on another area in which these rates are affecting hospitals—equipment. “Hospitals are getting super-sized,” Rudavsky reports. Everything from waiting-room chairs to wheelchairs, beds, doorways, and toilets […]

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What is the Real Reason Behind Patient Readmissions?

January 15, 2013

Curbing 30-day patient readmissions is a large part of mastering the healthcare-reform environment, but what is causing these readmissions? Most of the time, it’s assumed that a patient returns to the hospital for the same reason he or she was first admitted, but according to an article by Cheryl Clark at HealthLeaders Media, this may […]

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What Executives Should Expect Financially in 2013

January 7, 2013

A recent article by Karen Minich-Pourshadi, senior editor over at HealthLeaders Media, provides some interesting insights into what healthcare executives can expect for their organization’s financial future as we enter ever-so-cautiously into the murky future of 2013. First, Minich-Pourshadi believes that “healthcare is entering a renaissance.” She readily admits that this is hard to believe, […]

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Curing Physician Burn-Out with Power Naps

December 7, 2012

Physician burn-out is an ongoing topic of discussion in today’s healthcare world, and theories are being bandied about over how this burn-out can be combatted and even cured. As Karen Cheung-Larivee reports over at Fierce Healthcare, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association believes that the solution could be as simple as […]

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Confronting Patient Readmission Rates Creatively and Sensibly

November 29, 2012

Kaiser Health News (in collaboration with The New York Times) reports on the many creative and sensible ways in which hospitals are working to prevent patient readmissions, especially with Medicare giving increased scrutiny and heftier financial penalties to organizations with high readmission rates. As Jordan Rau reports, “…hospitals are dispatching nurses, transportation, culturally specific diet […]

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