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Financial challenges plague Federally Qualified Health Centers

Federally Qualified Health Centers  provide care to those who need it the most in a not-so-lavish way.  They also do something that other high-funded medical groups do not,  wr ites  Todd Rothenhaus, M.D., chief medical officer for AthenaHealth, in a blog post:  They focus on the patients and providers' quality of care, and worry little about revenue.

Dallas hospital defends treatment of Ebola patient

The Dallas hospital that treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, is defending its actions in the wake of his death, according to

Baylor University Medical Center could lose millions in federal funding

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services warned Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas that it must quickly correct deficiencies that put patients in immediate jeopardy of their health and safety or it will lose millions of dollars in federal funding, according to the  Dallas News

Hospitals must identify affiliation model that works for them

Hospital affiliation is becoming more of a reality within the healthcare industry as organizations fight to remain financially strong and produce quality outcomes. However, there are many different ways to affiliate and hospitals must identify the model that works best for their respective facilities, according to an article in  Hospitals & Health Networks.

Volume vs. value: The ongoing struggle

Healthcare organizations are caught between the gap of the volume model and the value model while trying to transition to the latter, American Hospital Association board Chairman and Presbyterian Healthcare Services CEO Jim Hinton recently told the New Mexico Hospital Association. 

Study: Reference pricing may not reap significant savings

Self-insured employer groups' practice of reference pricing--capping payments for specific procedures--may not reap significant savings, according to a new study by the National Institute for Health Care Reform.

Include caregivers in healthcare process for greater experience

Guest post by Darlene A. Cunha, R.N., a senior healthcare executive who focuses on population health management and the patient caregiver experience. Recently, I attended an interdisciplinary team...

Low-income residents prefer Medicaid over private insurance

For three southern states--Arkansas, Kentucky and Texas--Medicaid expansion popularity continues to grow. Nearly 80 percent of residents in these states favor the expansion and many view Medicaid as comparable to or even better than private insurance when it comes to quality and affordability,  according to a recent study from  Health Affairs. 

Robots not necessarily more cost-effective, safer for surgery

Robots may not be the most effective surgical tools compared to regular minimally invasive surgery, according to new research from Columbia University in the journal  Obstetrics & Gynecology.

IHI announces health improvement coalition

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) announced a new coalition to improve broader patient health by working at the community level.