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Mar. 27—The rate of preventable hospital stays decreased about 20 percent from 2003 to 2011, according to data released this week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
The fifth edition of the County Health Rankings released by the two organizations is designed to show how counties in each state compare on 29 factors that have an impact on health, including smoking, high school graduation rates, unemployment, physical inactivity, and access to healthy foods.
The data also illustrate the large gaps that exist between the healthiest and least healthy counties. For example, the least healthy counties have twice the death rates and twice as many children living in poverty and teen births as the nation’s healthiest counties.
Other findings include the following:
“The County Health Rankings are a starting point for change, helping communities come together, identify priorities, and create solutions that will help all in our diverse society live healthier lives, now and for generations to come,” says Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, president and CEO for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Publication Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Brian Kueppers, founder and CEO, Apex, discusses the importance of a robust patient payment strategy in boosting organization revenue and enhancing patient satisfaction.
Brian Grazzini, CFO, HealthPort, describes the importance of efficient and compliant information exchange and audit management in helping HIM staff spend less time on paperwork and more on mission-critical projects.
Cindy Matthews, executive vice president, Community Hospital Corporation, discusses how rural and community hospitals can use collaborative partnering to position for success through tough market conditions.
Rick Heise, senior vice president, revenue cycle, at Cerner Corporation, discusses the importance of integrating clinical and financial data to excel in health care’s changing payment environment.
Dale Hockel, senior vice president of operations, and Jim Fanelli, CFO, TriMedx, share strategies for elevating clinical engineering through innovative management programs.
Russ Graney, founder and CEO for Aidin, and John Laursen, head of business development for Aidin, share insights on how to improve care transitions between acute and post-acute care settings and incentivize high-quality patient outcomes.
Scott Elston, strategic accounts manager, GE Healthcare Services, describes how substantial cost reduction in health care requires rethinking business strategy and asset use.
Robert Williams, MD, director, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Arielle Freiberger, product strategist, ConvergeHEALTH by Deloitte, explain how sophisticated retrospective, real-time, and predictive data analytics can inform decision making to reduce costs and improve care.
Stuart Hanson, director of business development (healthcare solutions) at Citi Retail Services, discusses how improving the payment experience can benefit consumers and healthcare providers.
Scott Schmidt, vice president, Cerner RevWorks, LLC, shares insights on best practices for maximizing a revenue cycle management partnership.
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