Many hospitals partner with other provider organizations to improve transitional care and lower readmission rates, only to be discouraged by outdated Medicare data that disregards ongoing improvements and progress.
More than 40 percent of all patients who experience complications after surgery experience them at home, according to an Archives of Surgery study, suggesting hospitals are sending patients home sooner than they should.
With increased opportunities for care coordination, ever-evolving technology tools enhancing the transfer of information, and hospital food that actually helps patients stay healthy, there's clearly much to give thanks for in healthcare this year.
More than 150 collaborative groups launched their ACOs through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. FierceHealthcare highlights the full lists and maps of Medicare ACOs that launched this year.
Spectrum Health has given the patient family advisory council a facelift, turning its council members into consultants for 10 large service lines.
It seems almost every insurer has created an accountable care organization in the last few years since the health reform law passed, but how can they ensure the success of these payer-provider collaborations?
Although 60 percent to 80 percent of doctor's visits involve stress-related health problems, primary care physicians counsel patients on how to reduce their stress only 3 percent of the time.
Negotiating fixed surgical rates with employers has been gaining popularity among major health systems, but the new payment model could pose threats to some patients who travel longer distances for a deal.
The American Medical Association has put forth six guiding principles to protect patient and physician interests in employment arrangements.
In this special report, FierceHealthcare editors scoured the archives and turned up 15 of the most interesting, thought-provoking and memorable quotes from healthcare leaders in the past year.