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5 strategies to manage vulnerable patient populations

A panel of healthcare leaders discussed five key strategies organizations can use to manage the health of vulnerable patient populations during a session yesterday at the sixth annual National Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Summit in the District of Columbia.

Patient experience big topic at this year's HFMA ANI

HFMA ANI 2015 preview: This year's Healthcare Financial Management Association's annual conference will focus more on the patient experience compared to past events.

Adverse King v. Burwell ruling could cut healthcare spending by $7.5B

If the U.S. Supreme Court returns an adverse ruling in the  King v. Burwell  case later this month, economists say it could lead to billions in lost healthcare spending,   Reuters has reported.

UK digital health strategy boasts robust goals for chronic care

Britain's National Health Service is moving forward to foster remote medical monitoring and online health and medical services access as part of the U.K.'s evolving digital healthcare revolution.

3 ways to better accommodate overweight patients

Going to the doctor's office can be a stressful experience for patients who are overweight, thus compromising the physician-patient relationship and increasing the odds that heavy patients will avoid the very care that could help address or prevent weight-related disease.

National Patient Safety Foundation releases new guidelines for investigating medical errors

In addition to understanding why a medical error happened, healthcare organizations must also take strong action through its root cause analysis process to keep it from happening again, according to new guidelines released this week by the National Patient Safety Foundation.

Community partnerships, health navigators crucial to engage patients

Leaders of two accountable care organizations shared the strategies they use to actively engage patients and improve healthcare delivery and outcomes while reducing costs during Wednesday's preconference session of the sixth annual National ACO Summit in the District of Columbia.

Readmissions from two chronic illnesses drop in Pennsylvania

Readmission rates at Pennsylvania hospitals are improving--at least for some chronic conditions, according to a new report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4).

How Kaiser Permanente encourages healthcare innovation

Innovation is more than a buzzword in an industry as volatile as healthcare. Kaiser Permanente, one of the country's largest health systems, is using "pull strategies" to attract people to new ideas, according to Benjamin K. Chu, M.D., executive vice president of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, based in Oakland, California.

The patient safety threats no one talks about

Threats to patient safety such as hospital-acquired infections, patient falls and medical errors make nationwide headlines, but lesser-known safety threats such as dietary errors and hazardous antiseptic products may slip under the radar.