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Judging by 28 different metrics, Vermont offers the highest-quality and most cost-efficient care for children, according to a new study from personal finance website WalletHub, while Nevada struggles with limited access to care and poor oral health among those under the age of 18. 

The effectiveness of accountable care organizations (ACOs) may be limited by two factors, according to a new study published in Health Affairs: low numbers of enrollees attributed to participating physicians and the constant “churn” of the patient population caused by substantial physician turnover.

An emergency physician from Michigan has been arrested on charges she performed genital mutilation procedures on multiple girls between the ages of 6 and 8, which prosecutors say could be the first criminal case involving the practice since it was outlawed in the U.S. in 1996.

While healthcare costs continued to rise at other facilities, one Netherlands hospital was able to lower costs by 8 percent in a single year while improving quality. The credit goes to a value-based care strategy focusing on everything from closer coordination on cardiovascular patients to keeping more experienced physicians in the emergency department. 

Large corporations want healthy workers and lower healthcare costs. If hospitals and medical groups are going to win the right to provide care to those employees and their families, innovative approaches to care, having the right infrastructure in place and taking a lot of meetings are a must. 

 

Recent Headlines

5 forces driving ‘seismic change’ in healthcare

A new report from Pricewaterhousecooper’s Health Research Institute (HRI) tries to identify “a vision for US New Health Economy” over the next decade, breaking down shifts in healthcare to five separate areas driving “seismic change.”

New strategic plan for ‘future of nursing science’ released

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) has released its first new strategic plan in five years, focusing on the implementation of precision medicine and greater use of data science in clinical trials.

5 things to know about the state of employer-sponsored health coverage

A modest rise in premiums, a big increase in deductibles and a move away from paid provider organization (PPO) plans are among the notable results in the annual survey on employer-sponsored health benefits from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET).

The Medicare costs of tainted water systems

While contaminated water systems have received more attention thanks to the lead-tainted drinking water in Flint, Michigan, the healthcare costs of infections caused by waterborne bacteria have been increasing for years, according to a study published in the Journal of Public Health.

'Almost like a normal visit': How telemedicine is growing in rural areas, becoming a standard practice

As telemdicine continues to grow, physicians and patients alike are realizing how easy, convenient and affordable it is, while also coming to terms with its limitations. 

Lean processes decrease wait times, increase efficacy in VA

The last few years have not been kind to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with stories about scheduling delays, long wait times and lack of patient access. As a way to deal with such issues, VA medical centers are implementing lean processes. A new study published by JAMA Surgery evaluated just how efficient these lean processes are, and if the VA is up to the challenge of caring for a growing number of veterans.

Hospitals now own 1 in 4 physician practices

Between 2012 and 2015, the number of physician practices owned by hospitals or health systems rose by 86 percent, resulting in a quarter of all medical practices being hospital-owned.

HMOs will dominate plan offerings on exchanges in 2017

The majority of health care plans available on the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges in 18 states will be health maintenance organizations, according to a new analysis by McKinsey & Co.

EDs in Illinois, Massachusetts feeling little relief post-ACA

Two state-specific studies of emergency departments said the Affordable Care Act didn’t decrease patient volume and may have made on-call specialists less available.

7 things to know about high-need patients

The Commonwealth Fund has released two new issue briefs on high-need patients, aiming to better understand the characteristics of these patients instead focusing on costs alone.

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