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Hospital Administration

CAP Template Providing Too Much Information?

September 30, 2014 by Tim Edlund

Synoptic pathology reports can become quite lengthy, and it is easy for the vital components of the report to get lost. How can you structure a pathology report in such a way that it can be beneficial for every person who is a part of the patient's care team? Efficiently summarizing the key points of the report may be the answer.[read more]

What Do We Really Know About Patients?

September 28, 2014 by Tim Kilpatrick

Patient data

While EMR data, patient claims data, pharmacy data and lab results are critical to stratify patient populations based on need, much of patient intelligence can only be gathered by talking to the patient. The clinical data we have is designed to treat conditions and get reimbursement for a CPTs and DRGs – not ensure patient recovery.[read more]

Unbundling the Bundled Payment Program

September 28, 2014 by Andy Salmen

The bundled payment program is an attempt to expand the DRG reimbursement concept and extend it to a whole “episode of care” as opposed to a particular “length of stay” as a hospital inpatient. As structured by the CMS, the bundled payment program has four different models for implementation.[read more]

Healthcare Spending: Administrative Costs out of Control

September 27, 2014 by Abby Norman

Administrative healthcare costs

When we talk about healthcare spending being “out of control” does anyone ever say why? The Commonwealth Fund survey breaks down the costs of healthcare administration - which make up a quarter of all healthcare spending in the U.S.[read more]

Expanding Insurance May Not Mean Long Lines and Trouble Seeing the Doctor

September 26, 2014 by Brad Wright

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If more people have the ability to go to the doctor, and there isn’t suddenly a corresponding increase in doctors, then either doctors are going to have to see more patients in less time, or patients are going to have to wait to be seen. There’s just one important question: Is that really what will happen?[read more]

Medical Complications Torture Doctors, Too

September 25, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

Rash-causing drug: a medical complication

A complication is a blameless event, in contrast to a negligent act when the physician is culpable. These days, for many reasons, an actual complication is confused or misconstrued as an error. Some complications are more difficult on physicians than others.[read more]

Top 5 Reasons Physicians Are Unhappy

September 25, 2014 by Abby Norman

Physicians are dissatisfied: here's why

Research completed by Jackson Healthcare yielded an incredible array of data on physician satisfaction. While healthcare is increasingly interested and motivated to obtain and analyze patient satisfaction, perhaps not enough attention is being paid to provider satisfaction.[read more]

The "7 Deadly Sins" That Lead to Preventable Readmissions

September 25, 2014 by James Dias

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Preventable readmissions are a top focus for healthcare administration due to recent Medicare penalties. If reducing readmissions is one of your goals, here are 7 deadly sins that must be avoided to ensure that once patients leave your facility they don’t return too soon.[read more]

How Cleveland Clinic Builds Brand Recognition via Multichannel Marketing

September 24, 2014 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

Cleveland Clinic

In today’s podcast, Stewart Gandolf and Paul Matsen discuss how the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic has successfully built a widely recognized and trusted brand…without a dependence on traditional or large media advertising budget.[read more]

How to Build Realistic Patient Expectations with Hospital Marketing

September 24, 2014 by Jonathan Catley

One of the biggest challenges for hospital marketers is balancing patient expectations with the patient experience. Marketers have many digital tools at their disposal to deliver information in innovative ways. Here are three multi-media platforms hospital marketers can use to influence patients’ knowledge base and create realistic expectations.[read more]

5 Trends in Healthcare Reimbursement

September 24, 2014 by Abby Norman

reimbursements

The subject of physician compensation is a hot one as of late. With all the changes in the financial sector of healthcare, and the push to save money, there has likewise been a focus on how- and how much- physicians are being compensated.[read more]

Multibriefs: Exclusives for Healthcare Administration Associations

September 23, 2014 by Christina Thielst

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Over the years I've contributed articles to several publications, and often repeatedly, because we have built up a mutually beneficial relationship. The latest of these partnerships is Multibriefs and my contributions to newsletters for several healthcare administration associations.[read more]