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Kaiser, Providence, Ascension leaders share cost-cutting strategies

Cutting costs in healthcare organizations often requires standardization and collaboration, tasks that are far easier said than done at large systems such as Kaiser Permanente, Providence Health & Services or Ascension Health.

New federal program will help speed transition to value-based care

President Barack Obama this week officially launched the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, a wide-reaching, public-private collaboration aimed to speed up the transition to value-based payment models

The financial return on a culture of patient safety

The patient safety program at the Adventist Health System saved lives and also $108 million in total costs between 2009 and 2012, according to a new study pubilshed in the Journal of Patient Safety. 

Are hospital leaders the culprits for rising healthcare costs?

Are America's hospitals the villains in the ongoing war against healthcare costs? Reihan Salam seems to think so. He argues in a recent issue of Slate that hospital business practices drive up costs and that politicians regularly close ranks to protect their interests.

 

MRSA prevention in hospitals might be too costly

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a scourge in hospitals, infecting thousands of patients a year, but a new study suggests that it may be too expensive to treat aggressively.

 
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