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Hospital Readmissions Are Costing Us $26 Billion Annually

December 21, 2014 by Abby Norman

New reports show that readmissions are costing healthcare $26 billion dollars a year – and $17 billion of that comes from preventable readmissions. Te Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sought to get to the bottom of this issue by conducting a study they called The Revolving Door, which is a cheeky but apt title.[read more]

Healthcare 2014: A Retrospective

December 18, 2014 by Abby Norman

In 2014, as an industry, healthcare saw a continued move towards accountable care, shared decision making, value-based purchasing and patient satisfaction measures. Buzzwords abound, there was a lot for everyone – providers, patients and payers – to juggle this year. And it looks like the trend is apt to continue into 2015.[read more]

PQRS and the Benefits of Participating in 2015

December 18, 2014 by Andy Salmen

The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) initially known as Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) was created under the 2006 Act – Tax Relief and Health Care. The program was made permanent under Medicare Improvement for both Providers and Patients Act of 2008.[read more]

In Praise of FDA Collaboration: The Cardiac Safety Example

December 18, 2014 by David E Williams

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On Friday, I attended the Cardiac Safety Research Consortium meeting hosted by the Food and Drug Administration announcing the results of a new study that promises significant advances and improvements to the way cardiac safety is assessed for new drugs being developed by pharmaceutical companies.[read more]

Preventable Mortality Down in Hospitals by 17%

December 16, 2014 by Abby Norman

We’re making steady progress in improving the quality of our care all around – one study shows that from 2010 to 2013, the rate of preventable mortality in healthcare went down by 17% – half of that reduction occurring form 2012-2013.[read more]

Forming Alliances to Mitigate Risk: Payer Provider Perspective

December 15, 2014 by Abby Norman

For payers and providers, there has to be not just an agreement in ideals, but an agreement in process. This can be difficult to fathom when you remember that while the bottom line might be the same for everyone, the specific needs of providers are often at odds with what’s needed by those in the financial sector.[read more]

Health Care: A Modern-Day Blade Runner?

December 10, 2014 by Nicole Fisher

While no one can predict with certainty what the future of health analytics and scientific advancement look like, it’s clear that regression in one area as others surge forward is not an option. Just as we cannot go back to health care in the US before the ACA, the future of health will certainly not look like it does under the ACA.[read more]

5 Things You Need to Know About ACA in 2015

December 10, 2014 by Abby Norman

Five years into the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare climate of the United States has continued to evolve and improve. While the system is imperfect, there’s plenty of positivity to consider since it launched in 2010. Let’s take a look at five things you should know in the coming year as the nation continues to move forward with the ACA.[read more]


Why Boeing's ACO Experiment Needs to Succeed

December 9, 2014 by Travis McKnight

This month the world’s biggest aerospace company, Boeing, is giving roughly 30,000 of its employees and retirees in the Seattle area the option to change their health care to one of two new ACOs, University of Washington Medicine Accountable Care Network or Providence-Swedish Health Alliance.[read more]

Down, Down, Down: Avoidable Errors, Uninsurance, Cost Inflation

December 9, 2014 by David Harlow

The ACA is really making a dent in uninsurance, and that's a good thing. But spending growth is likely to keep on keepin' on as we ease out of the Great Recession unless we make some fundamental changes in the health care system. At the moment, these don't seem to be in the cards.[read more]

Healthcare Is Part of Our Supply Chain: The Boeing Company

December 9, 2014 by Anne Weiler

The Health Innovator’s Collaborative sponsored by the University of Washington and the WBBA is entering its second year and continuing to gain momentum bringing together providers, payers, and health innovators from education, public sector, and industry to discuss hot topics in health.[read more]

Improving Healthcare Quality, Costs, and Outcomes in Washington State

December 2, 2014 by Anne Weiler

Naysayers who can’t see how healthcare is going to move from a fee-for-service to an outcome and value-based model should look at the work being done by organizations like the Institute for Healthcare Innovation, the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Choosing Wisely program, and The Bree Collaborative.[read more]