Search Tag: healthcare spending

Executive Health Management

Accountable Care Organization Model Reduces Medicare Spending

2015 26 Sep

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine reports that a new Medicare payment model reduced the number of times patients received services providing little or no health benefit. The researchers analysed Medicare claims data before and after the initiation of the Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Program, an Affordable Care Act initiative... Read more

IT Management

Hospital IT Spending Priorities: Patient Engagement Over Data Security

2015 14 Mar

Patient engagement and population health were among the highest rated issues of importance in a recent survey of hospital decision makers about their facilities’ IT purchase intentions for the year ahead. However, most leaders are uncertain of their approach or vendor(s) of choice. Furthermore, only 25 percent of hospitals said they planned a data security... Read more

Executive Health Management

Surgeries Planned In Advance Save Lives and Money

2014 30 Dec

Surgical care plays a major role in the rising cost of hospital care in the United States, representing nearly 30 percent of total healthcare expenditures. New research shows that hospital expenditures and the mortality risks associated with three common procedures can be significantly reduced when the surgeries are planned in advance instead of being... Read more

ICU Management

Weekend Nurse Staffing Impacts Stroke Outcomes

2014 02 Sep

Data from a recent study indicated that stroke patients treated at specialised units on the weekend have better outcomes when there is a higher registered nurse-to-bed ratio. The study, which covered 103 stroke units encompassing 56,666 stroke patients, was published in PLOS Medicine.Researchers investigated claims that mortality rates were higher for... Read more

Executive Health Management

Health Spending Up From Higher Service Costs

2014 29 Aug

According to a new study conducted by researchers at The Dartmouth Institute for Health & Clinical Practice, the recent growth in healthcare spending for commercially insured individuals is mainly due to increases in prices for medical services and not because of an increase in usage. The study has been published in the American Journal of Managed Care.... Read more

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