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By Laura Ramos Hegwer
A campaign to educate clinicians on proper waste segregation can improve compliance with regulations and keep regular waste out of more costly waste streams.
By Karen Kobelski
Pharmacists who have defined roles focused on effective and efficient use of medications in hospitals are the best-equipped leaders to control rising and unsustainable drug costs. For example, one health system realized a $6 million cost savings through a combination of surveillance technology and empowered, motivated pharmacy leaders.
Containing Clinical Costs
By Laura Ramos Hegwer
By training paramedics to treat patients at home under a physician’s supervision, Commonwealth Care Alliance is reducing unnecessary emergency department visits and hospitalizations.
An interview with Marlon Mundt, associate professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, by Laura Ramos Hegwer
Indirect communication among primary care team members using EHRs is associated with increased hospital visits and higher medical costs for their patients with diabetes, according to one study. Researchers found that medical costs rose by $223 per patient with diabetes in a six-month period for every increase in one percentage point in indirect communication.
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By Jennie D. Dulac and Walter W. Morrissey
With a data-driven understanding of how and where they can improve, physicians will be eager to close the gap where current outcomes lag behind expected performance.
By Pat Edmonds and Jeremy Hutton
Various methods can help healthcare leaders express the savings realized from a reduction in staff time and effort required to complete a task.
Total Cost of Care
Although more time and evidence are needed to prove the efficacy of population-based VBP models, there are other models that may be more appropriate for different populations.
Healthcare Costs at a Glance
The average cost for an overdose patient who was treated and released totaled $504, but the average cost rose to $11,731 for those that were treated and admitted to a hospital.