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  • 04/10/18
    Is there anything more frightening than the image of a young toddler running while holding a pair of scissors? From the time we were old enough to pull ourselves up on the edge of the couch and take our first staggering steps, our mothers warned us to never run with scissors. Some health care providers are determined to take on incidence risk in the form of global spending targets for defined populations, often in the form of accountable care organizations (ACOs), a concept that emerged from...more...
  • 03/20/18
    It was a pleasant surprise to see not one, but two recent commentaries on the subject of biosimilars in prestigious publications such as the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) and the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO). Given the novelty and complexity of biosimilars, new commentary in highly regarded clinical journals such as these is important to increasing the level of understanding and confidence necessary to boost adoption by clinicians.  more...
  • 03/19/18
    Patients expect hospitals to be safe places; places of healing, not harm. But those of us in health care know that’s not always the case. Patients experience harm in the course of their care from hospital-acquired conditions (HACs), such as central-line blood stream infections or ventilator-associated pneumonia. The rate of patient harm has been quantified by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality as 115 HACs per 1,000 discharges, according to the 2015 Annual Hospital-...more...
  • 03/15/18
    As the U.S. moves toward a pay-for-performance quality and safety model, addressing care for vulnerable populations is vital. Hospitals must now find an effective way to manage both medical and non-medical factors for their patients. However, these non-medical factors are also some of our most pressing social issues: poverty, race, geographic location, and ethnicity and language barriers.more...
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    03/07/18
    Editor’s note: This post is adapted from an Expert Insight, originally featured on Sg2.com on Feb. 26, 2018.more...
  • 03/06/18
    I recently had an occasion to climb into the attic above my garage, where I encountered a technological relic. Bolted to the rafters was our old television antenna, its slender arms folded back against itself like an aluminum lobster. Analog television signals have not been broadcast over the air since 2009, and most households converted to digital transmission long before that.more...
  • 03/05/18
    Depending on context, the word transparency has different meanings. Outside the scope of medicine, it conveys a sense of invisibility. In health care – which is built on the scientific method requiring evidence for decision-making – it bespeaks the ability to see into areas that were previously obscured. For administrators and physicians to make change to improve outcomes, they not only need data, but they also need the ability to have transparent compare groups to ensure apples-to...more...
  • 03/01/18
    Did you know that the percentage of malnutrition cases among hospital patients ranges from 20 to 50 percent? And another one-third of patients can become malnourished while admitted? A variety of controllable and uncontrollable factors may contribute to this, including a patient’s condition, length of stay, unfamiliar surroundings and/or food offerings. All totaled, up to two-thirds of patients can be affected by poor nutritional status when they are discharged.more...
  • 02/21/18
    In the past few years, personal fitness trackers have become all the rage. It's fun to see your daily activity level, sleep quality and heart rate. But, does knowing this data lead to any positive changes? What if the person looking over the data is your caregiver?more...
  • 02/12/18
    With virtually every state experiencing the effects of a rampant flu season, clearly it’s an overwhelming time to work in a hospital, doctor’s office or an outpatient clinic. Being on the front lines of the flu fight, you may not have extra time or energy to keep up with the details of this national story.more...