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Patients discharged too early end up less satisfied with their healthcare experience

Patients who are discharged from the hospital before they feel they are ready report lower levels of satisfaction with their healthcare experience, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

How healthcare providers can make value-based care turn a profit

A  Harvard Business Review  article published this week outlines how providers can prioritize the quality of care while still keeping an eye toward the bottom line. 

Payers, providers push manufacturers toward value-based deals

As the healthcare industry continues to transition to value-based payment models, insurers and hospital groups increasingly want drug and device manufacturers to link their prices to results.  

Residents, attending docs disagree on when to call for after-hours help

Pediatric care residents disagree with their supervisors on when they should contact them to handle situations after hours, according to a study published in the  Journal of Pediatrics. 

5 ways hospitals can beat the 'weekend effect' in surgical outcomes

Hospitals can take five actions to fight the higher rate of complications, mortalities and readmissions for surgical patients who undergo emergency procedures on the weekend, also known as the "weekend effect," according to a Loyola University Medical Center and Loyola University Chicago study.

It takes a village to tackle hospital ER overcrowding

Guest post by Scott Kashman, chief administrative officer of Cape Coral Hospital, part of the Lee Memorial Health System in southwest Florida. Around the country there is often discussion about...

Pricing for preventive care varies widely

A mammogram is supposed to be a low-cost preventive healthcare service, but a new survey by Castlight Health concludes that prices for the x-ray image vary wildly within cities and geographic regions.

Florida physician alleges hospital system paid doctors kickbacks

Hospitals that hire physicians have a tendency to place them into a payment incentive arrangement that is indistinguishable from paying kickbacks, a whistleblowing doctor alleges. 

Intermountain saves $2.5 million with blood-tracking initiative

An initiative at Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare to reduce blood transfusions helped the 22-hospital system cut costs by $2.5 million over two years while significantly reducing hospital-acquired infections and mortality, according to research being presented this week at the 2015 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

CMS announces new ACO model for dialysis patients

Medicare has launched a new accountable care organization model centered on patients who receive dialysis for end-stage renal disease, a condition that accounts for nearly 6 percent of all Medicare spending.