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Community health workers reach patients doctors can't

Community health workers may help patients with conditions like diabetes in ways more traditional healthcare practitioners cannot, according to a New York Times blog post.

Urgent care centers compete with EDs for patients

Urgent care centers are drawing patients away from hospitals In Texas, where patients are increasingly opting for the centers for alergy treatments, stitches or x-rays of broken bones as a cheaper, speedier alternative to emergency departments.

Bundled payments: Lessons learned

As insurers move forward with bundled payment initiatives, they would benefit from learning from the experiences of programs that haven't succeeded, say two policy analyists in new Health Affairs blog.

Brief huddle, checklists improve patient safety at South Florida healthcare system

Pilots and flight crews have long relied on the use of checklists and brief huddles to prevent errors and the concept has made its way to healthcare, particular in operating rooms. In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare,  Joseph Loskove, M.D., chief of anesthesia for Memorial Healthcare System, explains the success the system has had with crew resource management protocols and why it has expanded them to all procedural areas of its six hospitals.    

3 ways hospitals can address healthcare disparities among diverse patient populations

As hospitals around the country try to resolve healthcar e disparities, especially among minority populations,  Massachusetts General Hospital  implemented a series of initiatives to educate providers and staff about communicating with and caring for diverse patient populations, according to an  art icle  in  Hospitals & Health Networks.

Aetna, Banner score $5M in federal Shared Savings program

Leaders at Aetna and Banner Health Network report they have received some $5 million in Medicare Shared Savings funding for their successful accountable care collaboration in 2013, according to  Heraldonline.com.

GOP senators call for final ACA enrollment numbers

Republican Senators John Barrasso (Wyo.) and Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) are wrote to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner Wednesday to request an update on how many people have enrolled in plans since implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Mental health barriers in hospitals lead to standalone urgent care clinics

County health officials in California opened a  mental h ealth  urgent care center in the South Los Angeles this week, in an effort to treat people in immediate crisis, while connecting them with ongoing care,  Kaiser Health News   report ed  in a blog post.

Cleveland hospital dropped HAI rates with hand-washing campaign

MetroHealth Medical Center  in Cleveland, Ohio reduced  hospital-acquired infecti ons (HAIs) and raised  ha nd-washing  compliance to 97.6 percent across various clinical units,  The Plain Dealer   rep orted.

Physician-led joint venture aims to reinvest population health management savings

A new physician-led joint venture created by CHE Trinity and Ascension Health aims to not only improve care coordination across markets and prepare the healthcare systems for transitions currently happening in the market, but also will reinvest the savings from population health management back into the healthcare delivery system,  Hospitals & Health Networks Daily reports.