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Question: How Can Hospitals Maintain Efficiency While Looking Out for the Needs of Their Patients?

September 5, 2013
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Consider the following true story: Mr. Jones has been regularly receiving treatments for his cancer, all of which have been successful so far. During a routine follow-up visit, the attending physician, Dr. Smith, follows normal procedure and allows a fourth-year medical student, Joe, to examine Mr. Jones. However, Dr. Smith becomes concerned when the visit […]

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Harnessing the Hospitalist Movement (Part 1 of 4)

May 6, 2013

Specialists today are taking a much more sophisticated approach to managing the care of their patients. Gone are the days when a doctor would throw himself on the altar of all-hours, any-location availability. Ultimately, nothing leads to burn-out and professional fatigue more than a physician taking an imbalanced approach to his personal health and well-being. […]

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ACO Pioneers Request Delay on Quality Penalties and Rewards

March 12, 2013

When the Obama Administration first began its roll-out of the PPACA, it wanted to test the key tenet of its cost-control goals: the ACO model, under which doctors are paid for quality value not patient volume. As Sarah Kliff notes at The Washington Post’s Wonkblog, 32 healthcare systems, known as the Pioneers, agreed to test-run […]

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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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Researchers Report That Design of Hospital Materials Can Lead to Infections

January 2, 2013

A November article from Healthcare Design Magazine addresses an important safety issue for hospitals and healthcare organizations: how the design of various materials can increase risks to a patient’s safety and how these designs need to be altered or eliminated altogether in order to reduce the frequency of those risks. The findings presented in the […]

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