Hospitals and health systems rely on their communities for the support and resources they need to succeed.
Despite the rapid trend toward physician employment and healthcare consolidation, practice management insiders are seeing a counter-culture emerge among "single shingles."
If 90 percent of Americans use proven preventive services, it would save only 0.2 percent of healthcare spending.
With emergency department best practices, Washington saved more than 10 percent in Medicaid fee-for-service emergency care costs and expects to save $31 million for the entire fiscal year.
Some accountable care organizations are taking chronic condition management a step further by focusing on particular costly diseases.
Quality improvement activities that engage whole communities lead to a drop in hospitalizations and rehospitalizations among Medicare patients, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association .
Thanks to a series of new codes created by the American Medical Association's CPT Editorial Panel, physicians now have the opportunity to bill for much of the previously unreimbursed care-coordination work they've done.
With the newly announced accountable care organizations this month, ACOs are bringing together rival hospitals.
Hospital-physician integration steams ahead with cardiologists leading the move to hospital employment.
With big Medicare penalties for high readmission rates , hospitals are focusing on medication reconciliation and adherence to keep patients from bouncing back to their facilities.