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Providers shouldn't bear the brunt of slow patient engagement

Once again, the Meaningful Use program is suffering from a disconnect between aspiration and reality. This time it's patient engagement.

5 concerns that should keep hospital CFOs up at night

Chief financial officers of hospitals, health plans and other ventures in the health sector should not only keep their eyes on the bottom line, but also five other areas that have financial implications under the  Affordable Care Act,  Forbes   rep ort s.

Atlanta hospital tries pegging costs to actual activities

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has entered a new frontier in healthcare finance: equating a hospital's labor costs to the actual steps required to treat a patient.

Physician-led joint venture aims to reinvest population health management savings

A new physician-led joint venture created by CHE Trinity and Ascension Health aims to not only improve care coordination across markets and prepare the healthcare systems for transitions currently happening in the market, but also will reinvest the savings from population health management back into the healthcare delivery system,  Hospitals & Health Networks Daily reports.

Another Pioneer ACO drops out of program

Sharp HealthCare in San Diego dropped out of the Medicare Pioneer accountable care organization program, citing fundamental flaws in the program, according to the company's third quarter financial statement.  

Unanswered questions about the future of accountable care organizations

It's still up in the air when the new proposed rule for the most popular program of the  accountable care organization, Medicare Shared Savings Program, will go into effect.  While early results from both public and private ACOs show promise of improving care while reducing costs, the Morning Consult  high lights  three questions about the future of ACOs that remain unanswered.

3 ways to get employees to do the right thing

Sometimes in my role as messenger, I relay practice management advice I don't entirely agree with. This week, I shared one physician's rather rigid stance on employee time theft, which essentially amounted to zero tolerance for staff members' personal use of the Internet or cell phones during work time. 

More docs seek satisfaction with new models, survey finds

Physicians, frustrated with the higher burden and lower payoff (financial and emotional) of practicing medicine in the United States, seek to take control and make changes to increase their professional satisfaction, according to the latest snapshot provided by  Physicians Practice's  fifth annual Great American Physician Survey.

4 signs wellness programs are here to stay

Wellness programs aren't just a fad that employers and insurers are temporarily implementing; they're here to stay, according to a recent survey from Optum Resource Center.

Prevent employee time theft with clear policies

Worried that your employees spend too much time slacking off? Institute clear policies that spell out exactly how you expect staff to spend office time and what activities are prohibited, advised Joseph S. Eastern, M.D., a New Jersey–based dermatologist,  reported.