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Optimize patient flow: The key to reducing readmissions

Despite many hospital's efforts to reduce readmissions, penalties for excessive readmissions reached an all-time high this year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid will levy fines to 2,610...

How hospitals handle mHealth security

Mobile devices and apps increasingly are being used in healthcare settings, and with that comes greater risk to the security of patient information. To that end, hospitals and healthcare organizations are implementing a variety of systems and safe guards to ward off hackers and ensure the privacy of patient data. Hospital health IT professionals spoke with  FierceMobileHealthcare  about their mHealth security efforts. >> FULL REPORT

Evidence-based protocols drive quality improvement

In a new and evolving healthcare market that rewards efficiency and quality care, hospitals must find a way to streamline their systems to put forth better results for patients and more savings for their organizations.

ED imaging overutilization: Still work to be done

One of the most significant trends in imaging over the past several years has been the decline in imaging growth rates. But it appears that emergency departments are still behind the times.

3 emerging threats to healthcare privacy and security

​New risks have upped the ante for HIPAA security and privacy officers and increased fines have many on edge. Particularly in the aftermath of the Community Health Systems (CHS) breach, which put 4.5 million patient records at risk across 29 states and 206 hospitals, last year's risk assessments look woefully inadequate for many healthcare systems and practices. What's worrying privacy and security officers this year?

Lung cancer screening: All eyes on CMS

The week ahead should be a big one for lung cancer screening advocates, and not just because we're in the midst of Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

How to survive a HIPAA audit

FierceHealthIT  recently spoke with University of Kentucky HealthCare Chief Compliance Officer Brett Short about lessons he learned from his audit experience and what changes he thinks are in store for the next round of OCR's Health Information Portability & Accountability Act audits.

Patient experience: Personal philosophy, leadership drive improvement

Improving the patient experience is more than a business mission for Michael Macht-Greenberg, Ph.D. It's personal. As a trained psychologist, the vice president of patient access services...

Partners' Cara Babachicos: The people part of IT is really complicated

While health IT education is a passion for Cara Babachicos, the corporate director of information systems and CIO of community hospitals and non-acute entities at Boston-based Partners HealthCare also has a bevy of day-to-day responsibilities to ensure that the 10 sites she oversees run smoothly. From a personnel standpoint, alone, the task is not an easy one.

Physician leaders, collaboration essential for effective bundled payments

Organizations interested in developing a model for effective bundled payments may want to look to UnitedHealthcare, which has successfully implemented a program to reduce cost of care and improve quality, according to a  FierceHealthPayer  special report.