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Category Archives: Industry News

Lean: A Comprehensive Approach To The Transformation Our Health Care System Needs

By Patricia Gabow and Patrick H. Conway August 13, 2015 Many approaches to improving value in our health system focus on specific issues involving care delivery models such as optimizing primary care, coordinating care transitions, facilitating the care of the high need/high use patients, or reducing unnecessary readmissions. While improvement in specific areas will yield benefits […]

Data-sharing Provisions of SGR Fix Will Aid Quality Efforts

By Dr. John Toussaint  | May 2, 2015 With President Barack Obama’s recent signing of legislation repealing the sustainable growth-rate formula for physician compensation and revising the Medicare qualified entity program, doctors will be paying more attention than ever to value. The impact will be profound. Here in Wisconsin, we’ve been privileged to watch it develop from the ground up. […]

Baldwin Healthcare Data Provision Included in Medicare Payment Modernization Bill

ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value CEO: “The significance of this provision is dramatic.” Wednesday, April 15, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin applauded the Senate’s bipartisan passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2) by a vote of 92-8, which repeals Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and […]

Baldwin, Thune Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reduce Costs and Increase Efficiency in Healthcare Delivery

Quality Data, Quality Healthcare Act Improves Transparency for Better Healthcare Decisions and Patient Outcomes Monday, March 9, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and John Thune (R-SD) today introduced bipartisan legislation that increases the transparency of healthcare costs in Medicare—helping doctors, health systems, private insurers and research institutions provide more efficient, higher […]

Investigative Report: How Much Hospitals Charge

GREEN BAY – As a cost-conscious consumer, you wouldn’t pay $3 a gallon for gas if across town you could buy it for $2.50. But whether you realize it or not that’s what you’re doing with health care. FOX11 Investigates found hospitalization cost figures, provided by Green Bay’s four hospitals, show a wide range of […]

Discharging Mr. Wood: Time to Get Serious About Waste

Article in Today’s Hospitalist written by David A. Frenz, MD, a hospitalist for HealthEast Care System in St. Paul, Minn., and is board certified in both family and addiction medicine. AMERICANS—both individually and as a nation— spend a boatload on health care. A study in the January 2013 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine pegged annual health […]