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UMass-Clinton Hospital among top 10 in index

The UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital campus in Leominster leads the state in the new Lown Institute Hospitals Index, a ranking of 3,300 hospitals and 300 hospital systems launched this summer. “It’s not necessarily the usual suspects that you’re going to find at the top of these rankings,” said Shannon Brownlee, the institute’s senior vice president. Lown Institute President Dr. Vikas Saini said the index is meant to help shape a discussion around health-care quality and unearth new ideas, rather than serve as a shopping guide for consumers.

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Podcast: Transitioning From Volume To Value

The American health care system is dominated by misaligned financial incentives, rewarding providers for more – but not necessarily BETTER – treatment. In this episode, Ceci and guests discuss ways to shift our health care approach away from volume – and the waste and unnecessary care it involves – and to a model focused on value. Research repeatedly shows that a value-based, outcome-focused system reduces costs and produces better health outcomes. Hear what the experts have to say in Ep. 4 of Healthy Dialogue. More