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Physician leaders: Docs must be accountable for costs for care, quality

Most top physicians believe doctors should be held accountable for costs and quality of care, according to a recent survey of chief medical officers and senior-level medical executives from a range of organizations and practice settings.

Half of US hospitals face readmission penalties

Most hospitals will face some sort of Medicare penalty for excessive 30-day readmissions, losing a combined $420 million in the fourth year of the federal readmission reduction program, according to a  Kaiser Health News  analysis.

Clinical quality comes from the top down

Hospital boards of directors that pay close attention to clinical quality have a positive effect on overall management scores and clinical quality metrics.

Employees still wary to share personal information for wellness programs

As many employers offer some form of workplace wellness program, employees worry their personal information will trickle back to their employer and be used against them,  Kaiser Health News  reports.

Hospitals must reduce duplication of leadership efforts

Too many hospital and healthcare system leaders overlook management duplication, says Navigant Healthcare Managing Director Bruce Hallowell.

Skilled nursing facilities will receive 1.4% payment bump in 2016

The nation's skilled nursing facilities will receive a windfall as a result of Medicare's final 2016 payment rule: A $430 million increase in payments next year, which represents a 1.2 percent overall increase.

Geisinger's Nicholas Marko: Early EMR adoption has propelled innovation [Q&A]

As an early adopter of electronic medical records, Geisinger Health System is well-equipped to use health data in new and innovative ways. Because the Danville, Pa.-based provider has had a system-wide EMR since the mid-1990s, both clinicians and researchers are very confident navigating mounds of patient information and using it to improve patient care processes, Chief Data Officer Nicholas Marko says.

Hospitals focus on seniors to prevent readmissions, adverse events

Seniors over-estimate their ability to perform tasks, such as getting in and out of bed, after discharge from the emergency department, putting them at greater risks for falls, complications and readmissions.

First Medicare-approved transitional care center opens for business

The first Medicare-approved, third party transitional care provider began taking patients this month. But experts say it won't be long before other healthcare providers focus exclusively on this type of service.

Medical scopes and superbugs: Infection risk greater than previously thought

The risk of a serious infection from contaminated medical scopes is much broader than previously thought, as cases of drug-resistant superbugs are now linked to procedures involving the lungs, the bladder and the stomach.