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Hospitals must address underlying societal issues

August 14th, 2014

by Anthony Cirillo

Earlier this year I attended a World Health Care Congress session on employee health. The head of Comcast's human resources spoke. He offered a different perspective on addressing employees' health.

Comcast focuses less on specific programs to promote employee wellness (benefits, wellness centers) and more on the underlying triggers that cause bad health to manifest.

He cited something I hadn't heard of before. It was Eliza Corporation's Engagement Index. This tool examines life context issues while predicting how those issues impact health, spending and satisfaction--ultimately expanding the definition of health.

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The doughnut dilemma: Loyalty vs. cost

August 14th, 2014

by Kevin L. Shrake

Loyalty is a very desirable trait we should value in our personal and professional lives. It is great to have a friend or business colleague you can count on to not only support you, but to always create maximum value for you whether you leverage a personal relationship, or optimize a business arrangement. However, as cost pressures intensify in the business setting, prudent leaders must evaluate and balance the cost of continuity, or loyalty, versus the best financial deal for their organizations.

But she brings doughnuts...

"Linda is the clinical educator for the surgical devices we routinely use in our facility. She is so nice and every morning she comes to speak with us she brings doughnuts!" That is wonderful and Linda undoubtedly is an extremely nice person. But what is the cost benefit ratio of the doughnuts if Linda's instruction promotes the overuse of expensive implant devices that costs the organization more than is clinically necessary and exposes patients to unnecessary risks? How does the education provided affect value based purchasing criteria such as hospital acquired complications, 30-day readmission rates and patient satisfaction?

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Track latest healthcare trends through Twitter stream

August 14th, 2014

by Kent Bottles

As a physician executive who teaches population health, consults with hospital systems and gives keynotes on disruptive technologies, I keep track of all the consequences of the current transformation of the American healthcare delivery system. As we create a new system that emphasizes value over volume, nobody is smart enough to predict the many opportunities and challenges that occur.

I find Twitter is the best way to make sure that I don't miss out on any of the twists and turns that happen because of the rapid changes taking place in our healthcare industry. By following more than 1,400 healthcare leaders on Twitter, not much of importance escapes my attention.

Three trends recently caught my eye because of links to articles in my tweet stream:

  1. Insurance companies shift their focus to consumers not employers
  2. Medical office leasing arrangements have shifted due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  3. New guidelines call on physicians to use evidence-based medicine guidelines to improve quality and cut costs

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Walmart health and its implications for imaging

August 14th, 2014

by Matt Hawkins, M.D.

Walmart opened five primary care offices across the country with plans to add more. These offices are in/near their stores. And, the supply-chain-rich, nationally-networked behemoth has decided to roll out this initiative by targeting underserved populations. (Do you think the increasing number of Medicaid-covered patients influenced their decision?)

I don't need to spell out the implications of Walmart's entry into healthcare for this crowd. The days of patient's visiting a private doctor's office for basic primary care needs may, in fact, be numbered. While primary care docs will stridently argue that the care they provide is superior to that received/delivered at the local super-center, their sentiments fail to answer the more important question. Rather than asking which care is best, instead we must ask, "Is the care that Walmart provides good enough?" And if it is, then they will win, and win big.

>> Read the full story at FierceMedicalImaging

Radiology in 2014: What 5 health leaders have to say

August 14th, 2014

by Dan Bowman

From reimbursement to the use of clinical decision support, several issues have been top of mind for radiologists and other health professionals when it comes to medical imaging in 2014. And they haven't been shy about sharing their opinions with FierceMedicalImaging.

To that end, we've sifted through our exclusive interviews and contributed content over the past seven months to bring you some of the most intriguing and memorable quotes from industry leaders.

Here are five of our favorite quotes so far in 2014.

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