Hub of the Enterprise: Transforming the ED’s Role in Delivering Agile and Coordinated Care

From the Advisory Board:

From ‘front door’ to ‘hub of the enterprise’

Tomorrow’s accountable payment models, along with the increased ED volumes expected to accompany expanded health care coverage, will require providers to deliver efficient, cost-effective care while improving transitions across care settings.

Rather than reactively responding to these pressures, hospital executives must recognize—and capitalize on—the ED’s potential to sway performance in key areas of interest. We must recast the ED’s role from the “front door” to the “hub of an integrated enterprise.”

Solutions Summit XVI- Leadership In A New Age for Healthcare

Heading to the Emergency Department Practice Management Solutions Summit in Las Vegas.

Watch the #SSedpma2013 hashtag on Twitter for updates.

Millions can’t afford to go to the doctor

From CNN Money:

Some 80 million people, around 43% of America’s working-age adults, didn’t go to the doctor or access other medical services last year because of the cost, according to the Commonwealth Fund’s Biennial Health Insurance Survey, released Friday. That’s up from 75 million people two years ago and 63 million in 2003.

Not surprisingly, those who were uninsured or had inadequate health insurance were most likely to have trouble affording care. But 28% of working-age adults with good insurance also had to forgo treatment because of the price.

Medicare Offers Pay Boost to Hospitals Participating in the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program

From MedPage Today:

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule late Friday that would increase payments to the nation’s 3,400 acute care hospitals by nearly $27 million in fiscal 2014.

Under its proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule, payments for inpatient stays at hospitals that participate in CMS’ Inpatient Quality Reporting Program would increase by 0.8%. Hospitals not successfully participating would see their payments cut by 2.0%, CMS said in its proposed rule.

Would-be squirrel-killer injured after taping bullet to BB gun, police say

From the Gainesville Sun:

A man who tried to shoot a squirrel for dinner by taping a .40-caliber cartridge to a BB gun was hospitalized with shrapnel wounds after the cartridge exploded, Gainesville police reported.

Lloyd fired the BB gun, causing the BB to strike the cartridge’s primer. The cartridge discharged and fragmented, striking Lloyd in the upper arm and lower leg.

He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Decline of Emergency Care

From the Atlantic:

Trauma centers and emergency departments across the U.S. have been closing at alarming rates. The people who stand to lose the most are those already put at a disadvantage by the health-care system.

Minnesota hospitals bash new Blues payment policy

From Fierce Healthcare:

A new Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota payment policy will cost hospitals millions of dollars and push many small, rural hospitals “into deep, deep red ink,” the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) charged.