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Category Archives: Industry News

Medicare Announces its Intention of Moving the “Over 65″ Population Toward a Value Payment Model

HHS has set a goal of tying 30 percent of traditional, or fee-for-service, Medicare payments to quality or value through alternative payment models, such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) or bundled payment arrangements by the end of 2016, and tying 50 percent of payments to these models by the end of 2018.  HHS also set […]

Consumer Reports Evaluates Healthcare Performance in California

Once again, Consumer Reports is evaluating customer satisfaction and hospital performance, this time in California.  Among the survey questions were: Did the doctor listen carefully and spend enough time with the patient? Were test results provided? Were receptionists as courteous and helpful as they should be? And was the patient able to see the doctor within […]

‘America’s Bitter Pill’ Makes Case For Why Health Care Law ‘Won’t Work’

While reporting on the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, journalist Steven Brill was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition that required heart surgery. “There I was: a reporter who had made hospital presidents and hospital executives and health care executives and insurance executives sweat because I asked them all kinds of questions about their salaries […]

Building Better and Smaller at Seattle Children’s

In a recent article by Patricia Moody, she highlights how Seattle Children’s Hospital used “classic supply management, Japanese shop floor methods and 4P to save money, free up clinicians for more bedside care and build its new, smaller facility. That’s right, they got better and smaller!” Read the full article here.    

Nemours’ CEO Describes How Healthcare is Broken

Doing the right thing for the health of a population – in this case improving the health of children with asthma – illustrates exactly why our healthcare system must change. David Bailey, a doctor and CEO of Healthcare Value Network member Nemours, shares his experience with an experiment that brought together a community and improved […]

From Assembly Line to the ER: What’s Happening in the Province of Saskatchewan

Can a production system developed to make better, safer cars also make better, safer healthcare? A growing number of hospitals in Canada seem to think so — that’s why they have adopted the “Lean” production system. The province of Saskatchewan is so convinced, it’s bringing in ‘lean’ province-wide. Also known as”The Toyota Way” — the […]

Bellin-ThedaCare HealthCare Partners Ranked #1 in Quality in the Pioneer ACO Model Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued quality and financial performance results for its two Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) programs, showing the ACOs have successfully improved the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries by fostering greater collaboration between doctors, hospitals, and health care providers and keeping patients healthy rather than treating them […]