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Daily leadership huddles drive up event reporting, cut errors

Morning huddles can significantly improve hospital culture and help hospital leaders anticipate preventable errors, according to a  Harvard Business Review  blog post.

Taking a stand against provider consolidation

I'm rarely one to advocate for fighting instead of finding peace, but every now and then, you just have to stand up for what you think is right. And that's how I view the recent decision from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois to not negotiate with hospitals that affiliate with each other. I recognize the right of providers to work together and address the problem of ever-rising healthcare costs. And I certainly don't think that provider consolidation is the only driver to those increasing costs. Insurers have their share of blame, as well.

Illinois Blues refusal to negotiate with affiliated health systems could have 'chilling effect'

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois is taking a stand against the recent uptick in hospital affiliations. The market-dominating insurer recently announced that it won't negotiate reimbursement rates with affiliated health systems, Crain's Chicago Business reported.

For smaller hospitals, not all mergers created equal

In a healthcare environment where small hospitals increasingly have no choice but to affiliate with larger facilities and chains, the new primary consideration is often which network to join.

Hospitals must consolidate, merge to manage population health

In the modern era of healthcare, providers must embrace mergers and acquisitions to manage population health, argues an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal.

HIMSS leadership survey touts provider readiness for federal mandates

More than 75 percent of respondents to the survey, released Monday afternoon at the organization's annual conference in Orlando, indicated that they expect to qualify for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use this year.

Chicago healthcare systems earn nearly as much from investments as operations

Several Chicago hospital systems enjoyed a profitable 2013, but primarily because of the outsized performance of their investment portfolios, according to  Crain's Chicago Business/

Advocate Health Care blood transfusion initiative saves millions

You can't draw blood from a stone, the old saying goes. But you can from a hospital--and apparently save barrels of money by doing so. That's what Rishi Sikka, M.D., vice president of...

Blue Shield-Advocate ACO lowers cost trends

An accountable care organization between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and Advocate Health Care has reduced admission rates and prevented an increase in average length of hospital stay, according to utilization trends from Blue Cross.

UnitedHealth teams with providers to evaluate medical devices

UnitedHealth, along with three provider organizations, has launched a first-of-its-kind initiative to independently measure the effectiveness of medical devices.