Patient Care & Outcomes

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ACO chief: Controlling 'super-utilizers' one of the keys to success

Using data analytics to identify "super-utilizers" within a healthcare system is one of the key ways for an accountable care organization to control costs.m accordinf to Sheila Fusé, CEO of Primary Partners, LLC.

Lessons learned from an ACO's successes, struggles

Given the Department of Health and Human Services' recent announcement that it plans to speed up its plans to shift to value-based payment models, it's more important than ever for providers to shift their priorities from volume to value. To that end, the CEO of one of the first accountable care organizations to form has advice for health leaders to map a way forward.

3 reasons to make patient comfort a priority

Patient comfort is becoming a higher priority for hospitals, and the reasons are three-fold: It boosts patient satisfaction, improves outcomes and is the right thing to do.

NIH head: Technology will help drive Precision Medicine Initiative

The path forward for the Precision Medicine Initiative that President Barack Obama announced in his State of the Union speech in some respects has yet to be invented, but the time is right for this bold step, writes Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, in a perspective article for  The New England Journal of Medicine.

New Colorado hospital takes neigborhood approach to healthcare

As the goal of healthcare providers shifts from caring for the sick to improving the overall health of the community, hospital design and services have changed dramatically as well. Nowhere will that be more evident than in the planned $177 million St. Anthony North Health Campus in Westminster, Colorado,

How hospitals can reduce barriers to nurse leadership

Despite the positive impact nurse leaders have on outcomes, they remain underrepresented in hospital leadership, according to  Becker's Hospital Review.

State exchanges must focus on design to better inform consumers

With two open enrollment periods behind us--for the most part--it's time to focus on how an exchange's website design factors into a consumer's choice.

Younger women conceal or don't recognize heart attack symptoms

Younger women often do not disclose heart attack symptoms for fear of being labeled hypochondriacs, according to a new study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Kaiser Permanente removes HIV/AIDS drugs from highest tier

Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Kaiser Permanente had classified many HIV/AIDS medications as specialty drugs, which required members to pay a 20 percent co-insurance fee each time the prescription was filled. Last week, Kaiser reversed this decision.

Hospitals go big to take on population health management

With improving population health management high on the list of many healthcare executives' goals, some hospitals have discovered that the best way to achieve this is to join forces with other facilities.