Practice Management

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Does U.S. Healthcare Need More Diverse Leadership?

Throughout its history, the United States has been a nation of immigrants. From the early colonial settlements to the mid-20th century, most immigrants came from Western European countries. Since 1965, when the Immigration and Nationality Act abolished national-origin quotas, the diversity of immigrants has increased. “By the year 2043,” says Tomás León, president and CEO… [Read More]

Hospitals Not Utilizing More Observation Services to Avoid Readmission Penalties: Study

Concern that the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) has led to more observation stays in an effort by hospitals to avoid readmission penalties can be put to rest. A study published in late February in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that while readmission rates dropped dramatically with the passage of the Affordable Care… [Read More]

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Things Hospitalists Want Hospital Administrators to Know

I think it is really cool that this publication has a series of articles on “What Cardiologists [or infection disease specialists, nephrologists, etc.] Want Hospitalists to Know.” I’m always interested to see which clinical topics made the list and which I’m already reasonably familiar with versus know little about. I’ve added this series to my… [Read More]

Early Follow-up Can Reduce Readmission Rates

Heart failure patients who had early follow-up (within seven days of discharge) with general medicine or cardiology providers had a lower risk of being readmitted to the hospital within 30 days, according to a study from Kaiser Permanente published in the journal Medical Care. “We found that follow-up within the first seven days post-discharge—mostly done… [Read More]

Tackling the Readmissions Problem

Virtually every hospital system in the country deals with the challenge of readmissions, especially 30-day readmissions, and it’s only getting worse. “With the changes in healthcare and length of stay becoming shorter, patients are being discharged sicker than they used to be,” says Kevin Tolliver, MD, FACP, of Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital Outpatient Care… [Read More]

Proposals Pave the Way for New Drugs

To promote achievable solutions in the ongoing debate on drug financing, Anthem, Inc. and Eli Lilly and Company are offering two policy proposals, which are detailed in “Discovering New Medicines and New Ways to Pay for Them,” published on the Health Affairs blog. The first proposal calls for clarifying federal regulation to reduce perceived barriers… [Read More]