And four more news items for hospital administrators, practice managers, and other healthcare executives to peruse this week
- New research pinpoints fundamental strategies to reduce crowding in emergency departments, as reported by Medical Xpress. Published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, the study finds engaged executive leadership, data-driven management, accountability, and operating as a cohesive system across all departments can markedly improve the situation.
- Research indicates nearly 50 percent of physician and provider directories include inaccuracies that can impact the delivery of timely, reasonably priced, patient-focused care, as stated in a recent AMA Wire article. To assist in correcting the errors, the American Medical Association—via its subsidiary, AMA Business Solutions—has partnered with LexisNexis Risk Solutions to present VerifyHCP. An online clinician data management tool, it helps practices confirm or amend directory info for all participating health plans.
- Through its Practice Management Department, Renal & Urology News highlights issues potential owners should reflect on prior to purchasing a physician practice. In addition to being well-versed in business—or having the means to arrange for assistance from those who are—would-be proprietors should consider the ability to ensure adequate staffing, time frame required for the purchase, and practice location.
- U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hospitals, has revealed keynote speakers for the 2017 Healthcare of Tomorrow leadership forum, set to take place November 1 -3 in Washington, DC. The annual event provides a network through which hospital and other healthcare executives can gather to share ideas and best practices. Topics to be addressed by this year’s speakers include how new technology and regulations influence healthcare delivery, as well as opportunities for innovation and policy changes that can benefit patients.
- In a recent Leadership & Management post, Becker’s Hospital Review underscores several measures healthcare leaders can take to ensure their organization is best prepared for a merger or acquisition. Among the recommendations are due diligence, integration planning, and portfolio reviews.