Bay Area hospitals use fuzzy math on community benefits reporting

Where have all the community benefits gone? That’s a question asked by the Berkeley, CA-based Greenlining Institute, which recently examined how hospitals in San Francisco were expending their community benefits. Greenlining could not find much of an answer.

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A practical approach to population health: Report from the front-lines of healthcare transformation

Based on extensive client work and research, this article describes the journey towards population health — cutting through the hype and buzzwords to offer practical advice.

CMS clarifies short-stay claims settlement offer

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued an update on its settlement process with providers regarding disputed short-term hospital claimsread more

Could AMA’s increased pitch to feds on Meaningful Use backfire?

I think it’s fair to say that for the American Medical Association (AMA), the gloves officially are off.

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10 ways to boost patient satisfaction

There are at least 30 ways to grow patient satisfaction at your healthcare facility, but 10 key service standards should do the trick.
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Seeking Lower Prices Where Providers Are Consolidated: <br>An Examination of Market and Policy Strategies

Consolidation between and among hospitals and physicians can lead to improvements in efficiency and quality of care, but it also tends to raise prices for health care services. As part of their Commonwealth Fund–supported study, researchers outlined eight strategies to promote greater competition on price and quality.

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