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By Linda Barlow  |  Aug 13, 2013

Hospitals See Early Signs of Cost-Savings through Energy Efficiency Project

Hospitals are notorious for being energy hogs. With 24/7 operation, lots of energy-consuming equipment, and strict codes for lighting, air circulation and heating/cooling, there should be little wonder why. In fact, it’s estimated that the operation and construction of hospitals uses five percent of all the energy consumed in the…more.

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By Linda Barlow  |  Aug 6, 2013

When the Health Care Blogger Becomes the Cancer Patient

The call came the day after my 48th birthday in April. “The radiologist saw something suspicious on your mammogram from last week…an undetermined mass,” said the voice on the other end of the phone. “We’d like you to come in for an ultrasound so we can see better.” During the ultrasound…more.

Categories: Cost-Savings
By Linda Barlow  |  Jul 9, 2013

Good for Your Body and Your Budget

Does stocking your shelves with nutritious foods always mean breaking your budget at the grocery store or local market? You probably think the answer is yes, but what we found might shock you. Dawn Undurraga, a consulting nutritionist for the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and registered dietitian, tells a different…more.

Categories: Cost-Savings
By Daniel J. Vukelich, Esq., President, Association of Medical Device Reprocessors  |  May 9, 2013

Saving Green by Going Green

In August 2012, Forbes ran an article by Richard Crespin entitled, “If Sustainability Costs You More, You’re Doing it Wrong.”  Never before has this been more true for health care providers than it is right now.  In fact, data shows that if hospitals put in place certain green initiatives, they would save a…more.

Categories: Cost-Savings
By Mary P. Sundeen, President, The HealthWell Foundation  |  May 2, 2013

Heroes Needed: Apply Within

We’re taking a departure today from our coverage of what works in American health care to ask for your help. Patients want us to re-open our Breast Cancer Fund at HealthWell, but we can’t successfully do that until we identify several key companies or organizations to partner with us in…more.

Categories: Cost-Savings
By Linda Barlow  |  Apr 23, 2013

Telehealth Opens Doors to Enhance Health Outcomes and Reduce Costs

Telehealth solutions are making significant inroads to reverse high health care expenditures and reduce noncompliance with prescription therapies – issues that especially impact those living with chronic disease. By engaging patients in health education through classes, patient portals, real-time patient-provider consultations, online discussion forums and more, telehealth strategies empower providers…more.

Categories: Cost-Savings
By Linda Barlow  |  Apr 9, 2013

Hospitals, Physicians Embrace Strategies To Reduce Cost of “Frequent Flyer” ER Visits

Pardee Memorial Hospital in Hendersonville, N.C., shaved nearly $405,000 from its Emergency Room (ER) expenses over a one-year period thanks to an integrated program that its founder calls a “patient-centered medical home on steroids.” The program, Bridges to Health, helped its uninsured participants reduce their ER visits from an average…more.

Categories: Cost-Savings
By Linda Barlow  |  Mar 26, 2013

Taking the Digital Leap Saves Community $20+ Million in Preventable Health Care Costs

Hospitalizations dropped by almost 3,000 people over a two-year period in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, thanks to a variety of quality changes and investments in electronic health records (EHR). This tool collects and shares critical health information about individual patients and populations across health care settings. The nearly 11 percent drop…more.

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