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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]

Aging Gracefully: Part 1

December 17, 2014 by Stephen Schimpff

I was recently invited to give a talk to a group of about 100 individuals contemplating moving to a continuing care retirement community. The topic - is it possible to slow the aging process? I titled it “Aging Gracefully.” Here are my thoughts divided into three major categories.[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]

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]

Personalized Medicine and a Cure for Cancer

December 10, 2014 by David Avitabile

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Leading cancer doctors, researchers and members of the life sciences community are excited about the possibilities of immunotherapy in the treatment of cancer. Immunotherapy, where the body's own immune system is enlisted to fight cancer, is an example of the kinds of advances being made in personalized medicine.[read more]

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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]

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]

From Denial to Responsibility – Connected Health Can Make Us All Accountable for Our Care

December 5, 2014 by Joseph Kvedar

My dad was a wonderful guy who could fill the room with his personality. He grew up during the Great Depression and was a World War II veteran. I was thinking of him recently while considering how much health care delivery has changed in the last 100 years.[read more]

When It Comes to Health Rewards, It Seems the World Is Flat

December 1, 2014 by Michael Dermer
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Ten years ago, rewards for healthy behavior barely existed in the United States and certainly were not prevalent throughout the world. But that's changing. Is it just a matter of time before every country has a health rewards program to drive consumer behavior?[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: Is Commercial Support of CME A Bad Idea?

November 24, 2014 by David Davidovic

Companies are interested in funding continuing medical education because they feel that doctors need to stay on top of new medical discoveries. Yes, one can connect the dots and conclude that the more educated a physician is on current medical advances, the higher the likelihood they will use them - but what’s wrong with that?[read more]