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How healthcare providers can make value-based care turn a profit

A  Harvard Business Review  article published this week outlines how providers can prioritize the quality of care while still keeping an eye toward the bottom line. 

Residents, attending docs disagree on when to call for after-hours help

Pediatric care residents disagree with their supervisors on when they should contact them to handle situations after hours, according to a study published in the  Journal of Pediatrics. 

The impact of hospital closures on their communities

This month, Independence, Kansas' Mercy Hospital announced it will close its doors, making it the 58 th rural facility in America to do so since 2010, leaving the community where it was a longtime institution to reassess its options, the New York Times reports.

5 ways hospitals can beat the 'weekend effect' in surgical outcomes

Hospitals can take five actions to fight the higher rate of complications, mortalities and readmissions for surgical patients who undergo emergency procedures on the weekend, also known as the "weekend effect," according to a Loyola University Medical Center and Loyola University Chicago study.

It takes a village to tackle hospital ER overcrowding

Guest post by Scott Kashman, chief administrative officer of Cape Coral Hospital, part of the Lee Memorial Health System in southwest Florida. Around the country there is often discussion about...

Long-term impact of high-deductible health plans uncertain

While high-deductible health plans appear to reduce overall medical expenses by encouraging more selective healthcare use by consumers in the short term, in the long run they may actually increase costs.  

CMS announces new ACO model for dialysis patients

Medicare has launched a new accountable care organization model centered on patients who receive dialysis for end-stage renal disease, a condition that accounts for nearly 6 percent of all Medicare spending. 

The next frontier in healthcare collaboration: Hospital-retail clinic cooperation

Healthcare is an increasingly collaborative industry, and as retail clinics continue to proliferate, hospitals may want to partner with them, according to a report from the Convenient Care Association..

Bipartisan mental health reform bill gains momentum in wake of shootings

While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was supposed to fix disparities in how insurers cover the costs of mental healthcare, the results so far have been mixed.  And now the national debate over the need to provide better treatment for people with mental health problems is heating up.

Patients more satisfied with care at Magnet hospitals

Magnet-designated hospitals, which are accredited nationally for nursing excellence, also receive higher ratings from patients--a measure that could also help Magnet hospitals financially, a new study finds.