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Essential Insights

Perspectives on essential people, communities, and hospitals

Digital Health, Primary Care: The Future of Patient Empowerment

Digital health. It’s coming. Or maybe, it’s here. Just last month, America’s Essential Hospitals held its annual conference, VITAL2015. Our opening keynote speaker was Eric Topol, MD, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and a leading practitioner of digital medicine. During his speech, Topol talked about how technology, such as the smartphone, is democratizing

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Chefs and Hospitals: Unlikely Allies in Fight against Food Insecurity

Top chefs put healthful spin on fast food as essential hospitals work to reduce food deserts in their communities

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Supreme Court: Providers Can’t Sue States over Medicaid Rates

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court released its opinion on Armstrong v. Exceptional Child, where the court ruled Medicaid providers cannot sue states for low payment rates and what they should do instead

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NAPH Members a Glimpse of Light When Tragedy Strikes

Tragedy is often unexpected. We don’t plan or prepare to face a masked shooter stalking the aisles of a darkened movie theater. Often, victims of this type of violence can only react and do their best to survive. And while there is little light at the end of this tunnel, a brief glimpse can be

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“Waste Is Disrespectful”: The Value of Lean

Writing for the Institute of Medicine’s Learning Health System Commentary Series, Denver Health Chief Executive Officer Patricia A. Gabow, MD, discusses the value of using Lean processes to reduce costs and improve quality. “While Lean’s roots are embedded in the automobile industry and manufacturing, the philosophy and toolset fits with health care,” Gabow says. The

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VCU Health System CEO Visits NAPH, Offers Direct View Into the Life of a Safety Net

Several NAPH staff had the recent pleasure of meeting with one of our newest executive committee members, Sheldon M. Retchin, MD, MSPH, chief executive officer of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System and vice president for health sciences at VCU. In a candid conversation, Retchin shared with us VCU’s successes and challenges as a safety

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Verghese Pulls Us Back to the Patient, Away From the Screen

NAPH members gathered this morning for the 2012 Annual Conference opening session to hear from a man who was shaped by a rural public hospital on the Tennessee border. “I cut my teeth there. I admire your mission and am honored to be here today,” said Abraham Verghese, MD, MACP. Verghese is far from his

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Art for Care: An Innovative Safety Net Exchange

Research has shown the healing power of art, and our member hospitals have developed creative programs in which they utilize art in a variety of forms to enhance patient healing, staff satisfaction and community partnerships. Many of the local artists involved in these programs gain important benefits such as exposure for their work and the opportunity to

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St. Luke’s Is “Open for Innovators”

St. Luke’s Health System is opening a new Wood River facility to serve its community – but not in typical, clinical fashion. Described as a “living laboratory” in a recent TechCrunch post, St. Luke’s Center for Healthcare Innovation will serve as a host for innovative health technology. Using a venture philanthropy approach, St. Luke’s leadership

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