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The secret weapon in Stanford, Mount Sinai, and others' fight against the 'epidemic of physician discontent'

June 21, 2018


Faced with what experts consider an "epidemic of physician discontent," some U.S. hospitals are hiring chief wellness officers to focus on fighting the issue.

MedPAC proposes cuts to freestanding EDs, imaging payments

June 20, 2018


Among other things, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's annual June report to Congress includes proposals "to ensure appropriate access to and use of hospital" emergency department services.

The 50 most influential physician leaders, according to Modern Healthcare

June 19, 2018


FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb tops Modern Healthcare's 2018 list of the "50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders."

St. Luke's resumes heart transplant program after voluntary suspension

June 19, 2018


Doug Lawson—CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives' Texas Division, which owns Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center—says, "After reviewing two recent cases and taking steps to strengthen the heart transplant team, we are confident that the program is ready to move forward and serve the critically ill patients and their families who have placed their trust in us."

Are CMS' star ratings wrong? A new analysis argues CMS has miscalculated overall hospital ratings for years.

June 15, 2018


An analysis conducted by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago suggests CMS has been miscalculating hospitals' overall star ratings for about two years—possibly explaining why CMS earlier this week announced it would delay its scheduled July ratings update.

CMS won't update overall hospital star ratings in July. Here's why.

June 14, 2018


CMS says it is postponing its July update of hospitals' overall quality star ratings "to give time for additional analysis of the impact of changes to some of the measures on the star ratings and to address stakeholder concerns."

Intermountain's CEO is looking to change care delivery through digital health

June 13, 2018


Marc Harrison, president and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare, in an interview with HealthLeaders Media says "the health system of the future needs to deliver care where, when, and how people want it and at the highest-possible quality and lowest-possible cost."

You have 3 wishes: How Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is honoring dying patients

June 13, 2018


Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's 3 Wishes Project is a palliative care program that seeks to grant the final wishes of patients who have a 95% or higher chance of dying while in the intensive care unit.

Who's your emergency contact? Medical researchers want to know—but bioethicists are worried.

June 12, 2018


Researchers at several prominent New York City-based hospitals are using patients' emergency contact information to build family trees in hopes of using the data to improve care—but one bioethicist says the practice is unethical.

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