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States use HHS grants to offset care gaps

In the face of a looming primary care shortage and an ongoing rural health crisis, many healthcare programs invest in training nurses to work in underserved areas with the help of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Patient flow model helps independent community hospital improve length of stay, culture

One independent community hospital in Illinois adopted a new patient-flow model that reduced length of stay, bolstered hospital culture and improved patient flow, according to an article in  Hospitals & Health Networks.

Health tour aims to foster innovation among local leaders

A San Francisco-based company has started a nationwide tour aimed at kickstarting dialogue between local healthcare leaders to help them improve quality of care, boost patient engagement and eliminate inefficiencies within healthcare.

8 ways to standardize reimbursement

Without primary care physicians embracing the Affordable Care Act, transitions in American healthcare won't be easy. For starters, that would require payment alignment. 

Medical errors up 70% in Massachusetts while patient safety improves nationwide

Massachusetts acute care hospitals saw a 70 percent jump in serious medical errors and patient injuries in 2013, an increase health officials attribute to expanded definitions of what constitutes medical harm, the  Boston Globe  reported.

Satisfaction with consumer-driven health plans on the rise

The overall satisfaction rate among consumer-driven health plan enrollees is on the rise, but on the way down among those in traditional managed care plans, according to the latest research from the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

2 approaches to increase market relevance

As non-traditional competitors enter the healthcare industry, hospitals and health systems must increase their market relevance, and take a hard look at what organizations can do to boost ability to satisfy customer's needs, according to an article in  Becker's Hospital Review.  

As physician assistants increase, some schools expand programs

The growing physician assistant field has led some medical schools to expand their PA programs in hopes to offset the looming physician shortage.    

Unclear governance, physician roles contributed to Atrius breakup

In an era of rapid physician practice consolidation driven by pressure to better coordinate care and achieve economies of scale, a well-known practice alliance in Massachusetts, Atrius Health, will soon lose two of its largest members, the  Boston Globe  reported.

IBC puts docs at center of care transformation

Independence Blue Cross is putting doctors front and center of its initiative to reduce costs and improve patient health, WHYY reported. It has recruited almost 300 primary care doctors to join its...