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THU, DEC 29, 2011

Pioneers for Health Care Model Chart New ACO Territory

Health care organizations were not exactly jumping on the bandwagon when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) initially proposed its Accountable Care Organization (ACO). CMS circled the wagons and regrouped to release its Final ACO Regulations. The changes may have worked - at least enough to entice health care... Read More

TUE, DEC 27, 2011

NQF-RAND Study Seeks to Understand Use of Performance Measures

In an attempt to gain in-depth feedback about the most commonly used performance measures around the country, the National Quality Forum (NQF) recently contracted with the RAND Corporation to conduct an independent study of healthcare end-users to better understand how these measures are being used and more importantly, how to... Read More

FRI, DEC 9, 2011

Patient Experience in Healthcare Means More Than Being Nice

When a patient has a poor healthcare experience, there is more at stake than just an unhappy patient. The fallout could have serious repercussions to the bottom line. A new white paper from the Beryl Institute, Return on Service: The Financial Impression of Uncomplaining Experience, examines the impact on the financial, marketing... Read More

FRI, DEC 2, 2011

New Anesthesia & Analgesia App Just Released

It's here - video on demand for anesthesia. It may not be the latest sci-fi flick, but it is one of the features of the new iPad application (app) for Anesthesia & Analgesia, the official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS). Editors unveiled the new software, which offers the entire content of each edition... Read More

TUE, NOV 22, 2011

Anesthesia Plays Key Role in Hospitals of the Future

The shift from a volumes-based business model to one based on outcomes has anesthesia providers and hospitals speculating on the future. The American Hospital Association (AHA) shares ideas for shaping the delivery of health care in its new report, Hospitals and Care Systems of the Future. The report offers recommendations on what... Read More