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Not expanding Medicaid, losing federal subsidies would hurt states

An estimated 9.8 million Americans may be uninsured come 2016 should states continue to forgo Medicaid expansion and should the Supreme Court side with the plaintiffs in  King v. Burwell  and determine federal subsidies are illegal in states not operating their own health insurance exchanges, according to a new issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  

Thinner margins mean hospitals must better manage outpatient care

Outpatient care is both the great salvation and curse for providers. It promises to lower the cost of care for patients, but reimbursements are often significantly lower as well. That means hospitals often have to engage in a juggling act to ensure they carefully manage the costs for such patients in order to ensure that margins remain intact. And it will be become more commonplace as payment models shift toward value-based care, according to  Hospitals & Health Networks.

Payers can curb smoking-related costs by making members pay

Insurers may want to consider penalizing  members who don't quit smoking as an incentive to motivate them into changing the expensive behavior that costs insurers billions of dollars in healthcare coverage.

How hospital-community partnerships can boost population health

As providers increasingly strive to keep patients healthy, it has become clear that much of what influences health outcomes happens outside of traditional care settings. With that in mind, a new set of white papers from the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement illustrates how healthcare leaders can leverage community resources and pursue partnerships that help them achieve better population health management.

4 steps for effective care coordination

As healthcare leaders prepare their hospitals or hospital systems for sweeping changes, such as the shift to value-based care and increased readmission penalties, they must also improve care coordination. Patient satisfaction, the bottom line and care quality all improve when care coordination programs are effective, and there are several steps to ensure this, according to Hospitals & Health Networks.

Patient safety efforts save Indiana hospitals $22M

An Indiana patient harm reduction campaign saved more than $22 million over three years, according to research from the Indiana Hospital Association's Indiana Patient Safety Center.

Superbug outbreak leaves hospitals with questions, few answers about scopes' safety

The antibiotic-resistant superbug outbreaks tied to a specialized device known as a duodenoscope has left hospitals across the country uncertain about how to safely sterilize the scopes absent any clear guidance from the government or device manufacturers, the  L.A. Times  reports.  

Hospitals improve access to mental healthcare services

After years of funding cuts to the nation's mental health infrastructure, hospital emergency departments are often left to care for mentally ill or addicted patients, who represent nearly 4 percent of all ED visits. Now, many providers strive to improve their behavioral healthcare options, according to  Hospitals & Health Networks.

Next-generation health IT requires primary care input

Practicing clinicians and patients have the clearest understanding of what they need from health IT and should be shaping the national HIT research agenda, according to an article published in the latest edition of the  Journal of the   American Board of Family Medicine.

AHRQ details costliest medical conditions

The top medical conditions for overall spending have generally remained static for a decade, although the amount being spent on these ailments has risen substantially, according to data from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.