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The Key to Reducing Doctors' Misdiagnoses
Doctors are developing novel solutions to make sure they come up with the right diagnoses.
The Wall Street Journal

Genetic counseling field to rapidly expand
The genetic counseling field is predicted to grow by 29 percent through 2024, as genetic testing becomes cheaper and more accessible.
CNBC

Fresh Food By Prescription: This Health Care Firm Is Trimming Costs — And Waistlines
With the booming interest in prevention-oriented medicine, Geisinger's Fresh Food Pharmacy is providing "life-changing" care to patients with diabetes by offering them healthy foods every week and one-on-one guidance from a dietitian to better manage the disease.
NPR

Hospitals target nutrition, other social needs to boost health 
The Geisinger Health System is on its way to making its own numbers. On March 1, Geisinger plans to expand its five-patient pilot project to 50 more of its sickest and highest-cost diabetes patients.
USA Today

Genomic medicine goes mainstream 
The foundation of Geisinger Health System's success in bringing genomics to the exam room was laid 10 years ago with a plan to create the MyCode Community Health Initiative research biobank. 
Modern Healthcare

Grassroots Geisinger Initiative Addresses Community Health
Pennsylvania system combines genetic screening and access to healthy food to improve population health
H&HN

40% Of Heart Attacks In Women Under 50 Are Due To This Condition You’ve Never Heard Of
The number one cause of heart attacks in women under 50 has nothing to do with cholesterol levels, weight, or fitness habits, says Alfred Casale, MD, chair of cardiothoracic surgery at Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA
Prevention

Do You Have Access to Your Doctors’ Notes About You?
Here’s why you should request access to what your physician writes in your charts.
U.S. News & World Report

Electronic Health Records May Help Customize Medical Treatments
The Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania is making strides. It has sunk a lot of money and effort into adding gene scans to electronic medical records.
National Public Radio

How Geisinger Health System Uses Big Data to Save Lives
Major industries from retail to aeronautics are leveraging big data. But despite the abundance of data in healthcare, and the clear promise of big-data analytics, the sector has been slow to put it to work.
Harvard Business Review

How to Get Rid of a Cold Lighting Fast
A science-baked day-by-day plan to kick your cold, stat. You've got this.
Shape Magazine

Health Care Issues Loom in Politics, Payments and Quality 
Others say the move away from paying piecemeal for medical care is inevitable as efforts remain to figure out how to improve quality while reducing costs. 
The New York Times

Nurses Are Again in Demand
Geisinger Health System, which operates a dozen hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, began offering nurses with as little as one year of experience sign-on bonuses up to $15,000 in September, said officials there.
The Wall Street Journal

Enhancing the Patient Experience
Whether hospital systems find HCAHPS scores helpful or burdensome, they're working to improve the patient experience in important ways.
U.S. News & World Report

Geisinger's Greg Burke: Where Health Care Meets Hospitality

It's a human business at the highest level, says the health system's lead patient experience executive.
U.S. News & World Report

The Precision Medicine Revolution
Medical trials are getting a makeover in a shift poised to deliver major breakthroughs.
U.S. News & World Report

Older Medical Trials Still Hold Future Promise
A sea change is rippling through medical research, but old-school methods are still valuable.
U.S. News & World Report

To Lure Patients, Pennsylvania Hospital Refunds Unhappy Customers
As patients increasingly have more choice in hospitals, hospitals look to stand out. Geisinger Health is taking cue from retail and refunding unsatisfied customers. Experts say that's smart business.
National Public Radio

This Hospital Guarantees Good Service, or Your Money Back
A chain of hospitals has a money back guarantee, offering refunds to unsatisfied patients with no questions asked.
NBC Nightly News

The most unexpected hospital billing development ever: Refunds
At Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, hospital officials want to keep their customers happy. So when patients are upset about a long wait in the emergency department, or a doctor's brusque manner, or a meal that never arrived in a room, Geisinger is doing more than apologizing.
The Washington Post

Crossing Over: How Science Is Redefining Life and Death
Can death be reversible? And what are we learning about the gray zone between here and the other side?
National Geographic

Scientists excited by the promise of DNA sequencing
Research projects under way at health institutions around the country
FOX News

Unsatisfied With Your Surgery? Get (Some of) Your Money Back
Geisinger Health System promises to refund copays for spine and bariatric surgery if customers are unhappy with outcomes.
U.S. News & World Report

Dead For an Hour and 41 Minutes: The Incredible Rescue of Baby Gardell
When a neighbor pulls an unconscious toddler from an icy creek, the boy's family fears the worst. But one doctor won't give up hope.
Reader's Digest

The corner office: Dr. David Feinberg on raising the patient experience to a whole new level
David T. Feinberg, MD, was named president and CEO of Geisinger in February 2015. In the almost year since he took over, Dr. Feinberg has redefined what customer service looks like in healthcare.
Becker's Hospital Review

Hospital Refunds to Improve Care
Will the loss of money improve healthcare?
KCRW, A Second Opinion

Obese kids as young as 8 can show signs of heart disease
Obese children can develop signs of heart abnormalities as young as age 8, which might drive up their risk for early death as adults, new research suggests.
CBS News/HealthDay

7 Organizations That Will Turn Healthcare Upside Down In 2016
#7 Geisinger Health System will raise awareness of the massive over-investment in hospital infrastructure at the expense of community
Forbes

Geisinger Health completes deal with AtlantiCare Health
Geisinger Health System completed its acquisition of AtlantiCare Health System Inc., the dominant health-care system in Atlantic County, the two organizations said Thursday.
Philadelphia Inquirer

A Health-Care Model in Coal Country
A hospital system in Pennsylvania's coal country has become a national poster child for the kind of carefully coordinated, data-driven health care that experts say one day could right the nation's troubled medical system, providing better care at lower costs.
Wall Street Journal

Geisinger's net patient revenue rises, operating margin up slightly
After a strong increase in net patient revenue, Geisinger Health System reported an operating margin of 3.5% for fiscal 2015, a slight uptick compared with 3.4% last year.
Modern Healthcare

Paramedics Aren't Just for Emergencies
Paramedics, who race to emergencies and transport victims to the nearest ER, are taking on a new role: keeping patients out of the hospital.
Wall Street Journal

100 Most Influential People in Healthcare
Dr. David Feinberg, President and CEO, Geisinger Health System
Modern Healthcare

Aiming to provide concierge care 'for the masses'
In May, Dr. David Feinberg succeeded Dr. Glenn Steele as president and CEO of Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System, which includes nine hospital campuses, a 1,200-physician multispecialty group practice and a 467,000-member health plan.
Modern Healthcare

Geisinger Health System, Known for Innovations, Names UCLA Health President as Chief
Geisinger Health System, which is viewed as a national model in providing both high-quality and cost-effective medical care, announced on Monday that it had chosen Dr. David T. Feinberg, the president of the UCLA Health System, as its next chief executive.
New York Times

UCLA's Feinberg named Geisinger CEO
Dr. David Feinberg, CEO of the UCLA Hospital System, will become the new president and CEO of the Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System on May 1, replacing Glenn Steele Jr. Feinberg currently also holds the titles of president of the UCLA Health System and associate vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences.
Modern Healthcare

Geisinger's second century of innovation: Health system spreading best practices through new company
One hundred years ago, when Abigail Geisinger, the widow of an iron mining magnate, founded the 63-bed George F. Geisinger Memorial Hospital in Danville, Pa., she told the chief surgeon: "Make my hospital right; make it the best."Today, Geisinger Health System is extending its respected brand far beyond central and northeast Pennsylvania
Modern Healthcare

Obama unveils $215M 'precision medicine' initiative to study genes, disease
The White House on Friday unveiled a $215 million program to study genes of a million Americans in various stages of sickness and health, with the hope of gaining vast new insight into diseases and how to cure them.
Politico

Teacher hurt by rock thrown on car: Eager for home
Sharon Budd rang a bell outside Geisinger HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Danville to celebrate - with about 60 well-wishers - her pending departure after more than three months of treatment.
The Associated Press/Yahoo News

Geisinger promotes software to improve clinical care
Geisinger Health System presented software for rheumatologists at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society meeting Monday to promote its effort to disseminate its clinical management tools for use by other healthcare providers.
Modern Healthcare

How a Boy Survived 1 Hour, 41 Minutes Without a Pulse
A 22-month-old toddler was revived after falling into a frigid creek near his home and undergoing 101 minutes of CPR -- a recovery that one doctor said may have been made possible by a type of "suspended animation."
ABC News

National coverage


Geisinger CEO David Feinberg talks 1 year of patient refunds
Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa., implemented a satisfaction-guaranteed patient refund program in November 2015 under the mantle of President and CEO David Feinberg, MD.
Becker's Hospital Review

Geisinger drives patient engagement with an internal survey
Patient engagement at Geisinger Health System isn’t just a pie-in-the-sky goal. It’s a daily reality, thanks to several initiatives aimed at making patients feel empowered.
MedCity News

Predictors of death in opioid overdose cases come into focus
A study of opioid overdose cases from the past 10 years points to a history of previous addiction, mental illness and having other chronic diseases among the strongest predictors of which overdose patients are most at risk for death or other serious complications.
Addiction Professional

Geisinger EHR analytics project helps predict opioid overdoses
Examining electronic health record data over a 10-year period from Geisinger Health System shows socioeconomic factors have an impact on adverse effects of overdoses.
Healthcare IT News

Diverticulitis: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment
Diverticulitis can cause severe and sudden abdominal pain.
Live Science

Geisinger CEO calls for The Year of the Patient
Making the healthcare system more patient-centered is the disruption the industry needs, said David Feinberg, MD.
Health Care IT News

Hospital Refunds Patients’ Money When Complaints Are Filed
Geisinger in Pennsylvania has embarked on a new strategy to attract and retain more patients: give refunds to patients who complain, without asking any questions.
The Street

How Geisinger's 'crazy' idea of refunds turned into a smart business strategy
Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System's ProvenExperience program seems to be working
Becker’s Hospital Review

You'll receive high-value care...or your money back?
As hospitals across the country increasingly focus on patient experience, one health system, as we've written about before here on The Hospital Leader, is really putting their money where their mouth is: they are offering patients direct refunds, no questions asked.
The Hospital Leader

Chad Hartman Show: Dr. David Feinberg
Dr. David Feinberg, CEO/President of Geisinger Health System joins Chad.
WCCO/CBS Minnesota

The Coming $1.5 Trillion Shift in Healthcare
A comprehensive model shows how far-reaching trends in the massive industry will influence the growth of profit pools - and how payors and providers should respond.
strategy+business

How To Lose Weight Without Giving Up Alcohol
Registered dietitians explain how to indulge while achieving your goals.
SELF

10 Questions: James Blankenship, MD
'Don't let work push faith or family to the side'
Medpage Today

Researchers Uncover 17 Novel Genes Related to Developmental Brain Disorders
Researchers at the Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania have uncovered 17 novel gene variants that could be related to developmental brain disorders including autism, epilepsy, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.
genomeweb

PA Department of Health Awards $4.4M Grant to Fund Obesity Research
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has awarded a four-year, $4.4 million grant to a research team from the Geisinger Health System, Penn State University, and the University of Pennsylvania to investigate genetic and other causes of obesity and related health problems.
genomeweb

Heart damage linked to obesity in kids
Excess weight may be damaging young hearts
Student Science

Study: Patient Portal Access to Doctors' Notes Increases Med Adherence
According to new two-year study by Geisinger researchers, having patient portal access to their doctors' notes is associated with improved adherence to a medication regime.
HIT Consultant

Risk Of Heart Disease In Children Even At The Age Of 8
Childhood obesity is one of the long-running issues over our younger generation that has been overlooked for so many years.
Student Science

Is Early Breast Cancer Detection Always a Good Thing?
Many experts say patients' anxiety drives them to make unwise decisions that are driven by fear, not research-backed information.
The Science Times

A new study from Geisinger Health hopes to engage precision medicine principles to predict mental and behavioral health risks for an oft-overlooked subset of the veteran population: National Guard and members and Reservists, who experience high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)...
Many experts say patients' anxiety drives them to make unwise decisions that are driven by fear, not research-backed information.
HealthIT Analytics

Geisinger Begins Returning Clinically Actionable Exome Sequencing Results to Patients
In an attempt to figure out how to best implement clinical sequencing within a health system, Geisinger Health System has begun returning clinically actionable results in a set of genes to patients enrolled in the MyCode Community Health Initiative.
genomeweb

A closer look at Geisinger's refund app
'Patients will benefit by being treated in all of the best ways like smart consumers'
Healthcare IT News

Millennials Cleaning Up Another Boomer Mess -- This Time Healthcare

Fortunately, there are visionary leaders such as Geisinger's Dr. David Feinberg who clearly sees how the future will unfold when he states "my job ultimately is to close every one of our hospitals" in a recent Wall Street Journal article.
Forbes

Could antibiotics be making your child gain weight?
Researchers at Johns Hopkins reviewed the electronic health records of 142,824 children ages 3 to 18 who were treated at Pennsylvania's Geisinger Health System from 2001 to 2012.
The Washington Post

How the Brain Regulates Simultaneous Pains
Researchers at the Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa., used electronic health records to track new diseases in 3,612 patients diagnosed with CRS from 2004 to 2007.
Wall Street Journal

Electronic Records Useful in Predicting Patients with Low Back Pain
A study in Pain Research & Management suggests that data from electronic health records could be used to develop a predictive model for patients likely to develop low back pain.
MD Magazine

Study: Teen athletes skipping athletic cups
Just in time for school sports season comes scientific evidence that young men really do think they're invincible: Just 13 percent of male high school and college athletes surveyed said they wear a protective athletic cup.
Philadelphia Inquirer

Patient engagement tips from the pros
Looking to move forward with a patient engagement initiative? Best to talk with the folks who have been ahead of the game for some time.
Healthcare IT News

Partnering with clinical teams one key to patient engagement success
To engage patients in their healthcare, one of the most important factors is to have a good relationship with the clinical team, says Geisinger Health System's Chanin Wendling, director of Geisinger in Motion in the applied research and clinical informatics division.
FierceHealthIT

Geisinger takes on compliance costs
Pennsylvania-based Geisinger has developed five major bodies of oversight, each headed by a senior executive, and a centralized compliance office. Healthcare Finance

SIT labor crunch slows hospital data initiatives
Healthcare has lagged other industries in investment and innovation in information technology. Now, scrambling to catch up, hospitals and health systems are facing a tight supply of skilled IT managers and executives that is holding them back.
Modern Healthcare

How DNA sequencing is transforming the hunt for new drugs
Drug manufacturers have begun amassing enormous troves of human DNA in hopes of significantly shortening the time it takes to identify new drug candidates, a move some say is transforming the development of medicines.
Reuters

Designing disease-resistant robots for the front lines of the Ebola crisis
Robots have been used for search and rescue operations after disasters when conditions were too difficult or dangerous for humans. Now, disease-resistant robots are being developed for use in the Ebola crisis.
PBS NewsHour

Diabetes - The Silent Serial Killer
Dr. Richard Martin gives an insight and in-depth analysis of why diabetes is the silent serial killer in today's world.
FOX News Radio Vipp Jaswal Report

The Choice Between Heart Bypass Surgery and Angioplasty
"The clearest situation where you would need PCI rather than surgery would be a person having an acute heart attack -- the kind colloquially known as 'the big one,'" says Dr. James Blankenship, director of cardiology at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania.
U.S. News & World Report

Think Like a Doctor: Thinner Solved!
We challenged Well readers to solve the case of a middle-aged woman with arthritis who developed a wasting illness after what looked like a simple cold.
The New York Times

After a heart attack, well-managed exercise is key to rehabilitation
February is American Heart Month, so I initiated a conversation with Alfred Casale, chairman of cardiothoracic surgery at the Geisinger Heart & Vascular Institute in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Washington Post

The 7 Organizations That Will Turn Healthcare Upside Down In 2016
#7 Geisinger Health System will raise awareness of the massive over-investment in hospital infrastructure at the expense of community health
Forbes

Geisinger scores $3.5 million from National Institutes of Health to study genetics and disease
Research will lead to tailoring medical treatment based on patients' genetic makeup.
Healthcare Finance

Geisinger Awarded 4 Year Grant to Integrate Genetic Data into EHRs
Two Geisinger researchers have been awarded more than $3.5 million to spend the next four years combining DNA sequence information and health information in thousands of patients' EHRs to study two disorders: familial hypercholesterolemia and chronic rhinosinusitis.
HIT Consultant

Geisinger Opens Genomic Research Center, Houses Telegenomics Program
On Monday, Geisinger Health System formally opened its cutting edge Precision Health Center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
HIT Consultant

Geisinger Invests in Precision Medicine, Genomics, Big Data
Geisinger Health System is taking precision medicine to the next level with a dedicated research center for genomic research supported by telemedicine technologies.
HealthITAnalytics

Geisinger: Successes and challenges of texting with patients
Forget all the new toys, smartwatches and fitness bracelets. If you want to win the attention of your patients, use a cellphone and a text message. That's Chanin Wendling's philosophy - and it's working.
Healthcare IT News

New Geisinger Health Center Merges Telehealth, Genomics
Geisinger Health System is bringing telehealth into the future of precision medicine by making the technology integral to its new genetic research and counseling center.
mHealthIntelligence

Penn State and Geisinger announce new collaborative gene research project
Marylyn Ritchie, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and director of Penn State's Center for Systems Genomics in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, will lead a collaborative effort between Penn State and Geisinger Research to connect the genome data of 100,000 anonymous patients with their medical histories, in order to identify the genetic and environmental basis of human disease.
Penn State News

Q&A: Marylyn Ritchie on Geisinger's New Biomedical and Translational Informatics Program
Geisinger Health System recently announced that it is launching a new biomedical and translational informatics program within its research division and named Marylyn Ritchie, a professor in the Pennsylvania State University's department of biochemistry and molecular biology, as director of the new program.
Genomeweb

US precision-medicine proposal sparks questions
Announcement by President Obama comes amidst growing interest in targeted therapies.
Nature

Top stories

The Key to Reducing Doctors' Misdiagnoses
Doctors are developing novel solutions to make sure they come up with the right diagnoses.
The Wall Street Journal

Genetic counseling field to rapidly expand
The genetic counseling field is predicted to grow by 29 percent through 2024, as genetic testing becomes cheaper and more accessible.
CNBC

Fresh Food By Prescription: This Health Care Firm Is Trimming Costs — And Waistlines
With the booming interest in prevention-oriented medicine, Geisinger's Fresh Food Pharmacy is providing "life-changing" care to patients with diabetes by offering them healthy foods every week and one-on-one guidance from a dietitian to better manage the disease.
NPR

Hospitals target nutrition, other social needs to boost health 
The Geisinger Health System is on its way to making its own numbers. On March 1, Geisinger plans to expand its five-patient pilot project to 50 more of its sickest and highest-cost diabetes patients.
USA Today

Genomic medicine goes mainstream 
The foundation of Geisinger Health System's success in bringing genomics to the exam room was laid 10 years ago with a plan to create the MyCode Community Health Initiative research biobank. 
Modern Healthcare

Grassroots Geisinger Initiative Addresses Community Health
Pennsylvania system combines genetic screening and access to healthy food to improve population health
H&HN

40% Of Heart Attacks In Women Under 50 Are Due To This Condition You’ve Never Heard Of
The number one cause of heart attacks in women under 50 has nothing to do with cholesterol levels, weight, or fitness habits, says Alfred Casale, MD, chair of cardiothoracic surgery at Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA
Prevention

Do You Have Access to Your Doctors’ Notes About You?
Here’s why you should request access to what your physician writes in your charts.
U.S. News & World Report

Electronic Health Records May Help Customize Medical Treatments
The Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania is making strides. It has sunk a lot of money and effort into adding gene scans to electronic medical records.
National Public Radio

How Geisinger Health System Uses Big Data to Save Lives
Major industries from retail to aeronautics are leveraging big data. But despite the abundance of data in healthcare, and the clear promise of big-data analytics, the sector has been slow to put it to work.
Harvard Business Review

How to Get Rid of a Cold Lighting Fast
A science-baked day-by-day plan to kick your cold, stat. You've got this.
Shape Magazine

Health Care Issues Loom in Politics, Payments and Quality 
Others say the move away from paying piecemeal for medical care is inevitable as efforts remain to figure out how to improve quality while reducing costs. 
The New York Times

Nurses Are Again in Demand
Geisinger Health System, which operates a dozen hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, began offering nurses with as little as one year of experience sign-on bonuses up to $15,000 in September, said officials there.
The Wall Street Journal

Enhancing the Patient Experience
Whether hospital systems find HCAHPS scores helpful or burdensome, they're working to improve the patient experience in important ways.
U.S. News & World Report

Geisinger's Greg Burke: Where Health Care Meets Hospitality

It's a human business at the highest level, says the health system's lead patient experience executive.
U.S. News & World Report

The Precision Medicine Revolution
Medical trials are getting a makeover in a shift poised to deliver major breakthroughs.
U.S. News & World Report

Older Medical Trials Still Hold Future Promise
A sea change is rippling through medical research, but old-school methods are still valuable.
U.S. News & World Report

To Lure Patients, Pennsylvania Hospital Refunds Unhappy Customers
As patients increasingly have more choice in hospitals, hospitals look to stand out. Geisinger Health is taking cue from retail and refunding unsatisfied customers. Experts say that's smart business.
National Public Radio

This Hospital Guarantees Good Service, or Your Money Back
A chain of hospitals has a money back guarantee, offering refunds to unsatisfied patients with no questions asked.
NBC Nightly News

The most unexpected hospital billing development ever: Refunds
At Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, hospital officials want to keep their customers happy. So when patients are upset about a long wait in the emergency department, or a doctor's brusque manner, or a meal that never arrived in a room, Geisinger is doing more than apologizing.
The Washington Post

Crossing Over: How Science Is Redefining Life and Death
Can death be reversible? And what are we learning about the gray zone between here and the other side?
National Geographic

Scientists excited by the promise of DNA sequencing
Research projects under way at health institutions around the country
FOX News

Unsatisfied With Your Surgery? Get (Some of) Your Money Back
Geisinger Health System promises to refund copays for spine and bariatric surgery if customers are unhappy with outcomes.
U.S. News & World Report

Dead For an Hour and 41 Minutes: The Incredible Rescue of Baby Gardell
When a neighbor pulls an unconscious toddler from an icy creek, the boy's family fears the worst. But one doctor won't give up hope.
Reader's Digest

The corner office: Dr. David Feinberg on raising the patient experience to a whole new level
David T. Feinberg, MD, was named president and CEO of Geisinger in February 2015. In the almost year since he took over, Dr. Feinberg has redefined what customer service looks like in healthcare.
Becker's Hospital Review

Hospital Refunds to Improve Care
Will the loss of money improve healthcare?
KCRW, A Second Opinion

Obese kids as young as 8 can show signs of heart disease
Obese children can develop signs of heart abnormalities as young as age 8, which might drive up their risk for early death as adults, new research suggests.
CBS News/HealthDay

7 Organizations That Will Turn Healthcare Upside Down In 2016
#7 Geisinger Health System will raise awareness of the massive over-investment in hospital infrastructure at the expense of community
Forbes

Geisinger Health completes deal with AtlantiCare Health
Geisinger Health System completed its acquisition of AtlantiCare Health System Inc., the dominant health-care system in Atlantic County, the two organizations said Thursday.
Philadelphia Inquirer

A Health-Care Model in Coal Country
A hospital system in Pennsylvania's coal country has become a national poster child for the kind of carefully coordinated, data-driven health care that experts say one day could right the nation's troubled medical system, providing better care at lower costs.
Wall Street Journal

Geisinger's net patient revenue rises, operating margin up slightly
After a strong increase in net patient revenue, Geisinger Health System reported an operating margin of 3.5% for fiscal 2015, a slight uptick compared with 3.4% last year.
Modern Healthcare

Paramedics Aren't Just for Emergencies
Paramedics, who race to emergencies and transport victims to the nearest ER, are taking on a new role: keeping patients out of the hospital.
Wall Street Journal

100 Most Influential People in Healthcare
Dr. David Feinberg, President and CEO, Geisinger Health System
Modern Healthcare

Aiming to provide concierge care 'for the masses'
In May, Dr. David Feinberg succeeded Dr. Glenn Steele as president and CEO of Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System, which includes nine hospital campuses, a 1,200-physician multispecialty group practice and a 467,000-member health plan.
Modern Healthcare

Geisinger Health System, Known for Innovations, Names UCLA Health President as Chief
Geisinger Health System, which is viewed as a national model in providing both high-quality and cost-effective medical care, announced on Monday that it had chosen Dr. David T. Feinberg, the president of the UCLA Health System, as its next chief executive.
New York Times

UCLA's Feinberg named Geisinger CEO
Dr. David Feinberg, CEO of the UCLA Hospital System, will become the new president and CEO of the Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System on May 1, replacing Glenn Steele Jr. Feinberg currently also holds the titles of president of the UCLA Health System and associate vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences.
Modern Healthcare

Geisinger's second century of innovation: Health system spreading best practices through new company
One hundred years ago, when Abigail Geisinger, the widow of an iron mining magnate, founded the 63-bed George F. Geisinger Memorial Hospital in Danville, Pa., she told the chief surgeon: "Make my hospital right; make it the best."Today, Geisinger Health System is extending its respected brand far beyond central and northeast Pennsylvania
Modern Healthcare

Obama unveils $215M 'precision medicine' initiative to study genes, disease
The White House on Friday unveiled a $215 million program to study genes of a million Americans in various stages of sickness and health, with the hope of gaining vast new insight into diseases and how to cure them.
Politico

Teacher hurt by rock thrown on car: Eager for home
Sharon Budd rang a bell outside Geisinger HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Danville to celebrate - with about 60 well-wishers - her pending departure after more than three months of treatment.
The Associated Press/Yahoo News

Geisinger promotes software to improve clinical care
Geisinger Health System presented software for rheumatologists at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society meeting Monday to promote its effort to disseminate its clinical management tools for use by other healthcare providers.
Modern Healthcare

How a Boy Survived 1 Hour, 41 Minutes Without a Pulse
A 22-month-old toddler was revived after falling into a frigid creek near his home and undergoing 101 minutes of CPR -- a recovery that one doctor said may have been made possible by a type of "suspended animation."
ABC News

National coverage


Geisinger CEO David Feinberg talks 1 year of patient refunds
Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa., implemented a satisfaction-guaranteed patient refund program in November 2015 under the mantle of President and CEO David Feinberg, MD.
Becker's Hospital Review

Geisinger drives patient engagement with an internal survey
Patient engagement at Geisinger Health System isn’t just a pie-in-the-sky goal. It’s a daily reality, thanks to several initiatives aimed at making patients feel empowered.
MedCity News

Predictors of death in opioid overdose cases come into focus
A study of opioid overdose cases from the past 10 years points to a history of previous addiction, mental illness and having other chronic diseases among the strongest predictors of which overdose patients are most at risk for death or other serious complications.
Addiction Professional

Geisinger EHR analytics project helps predict opioid overdoses
Examining electronic health record data over a 10-year period from Geisinger Health System shows socioeconomic factors have an impact on adverse effects of overdoses.
Healthcare IT News

Diverticulitis: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment
Diverticulitis can cause severe and sudden abdominal pain.
Live Science

Geisinger CEO calls for The Year of the Patient
Making the healthcare system more patient-centered is the disruption the industry needs, said David Feinberg, MD.
Health Care IT News

Hospital Refunds Patients’ Money When Complaints Are Filed
Geisinger in Pennsylvania has embarked on a new strategy to attract and retain more patients: give refunds to patients who complain, without asking any questions.
The Street

How Geisinger's 'crazy' idea of refunds turned into a smart business strategy
Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System's ProvenExperience program seems to be working
Becker’s Hospital Review

You'll receive high-value care...or your money back?
As hospitals across the country increasingly focus on patient experience, one health system, as we've written about before here on The Hospital Leader, is really putting their money where their mouth is: they are offering patients direct refunds, no questions asked.
The Hospital Leader

Chad Hartman Show: Dr. David Feinberg
Dr. David Feinberg, CEO/President of Geisinger Health System joins Chad.
WCCO/CBS Minnesota

The Coming $1.5 Trillion Shift in Healthcare
A comprehensive model shows how far-reaching trends in the massive industry will influence the growth of profit pools - and how payors and providers should respond.
strategy+business

How To Lose Weight Without Giving Up Alcohol
Registered dietitians explain how to indulge while achieving your goals.
SELF

10 Questions: James Blankenship, MD
'Don't let work push faith or family to the side'
Medpage Today

Researchers Uncover 17 Novel Genes Related to Developmental Brain Disorders
Researchers at the Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania have uncovered 17 novel gene variants that could be related to developmental brain disorders including autism, epilepsy, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.
genomeweb

PA Department of Health Awards $4.4M Grant to Fund Obesity Research
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has awarded a four-year, $4.4 million grant to a research team from the Geisinger Health System, Penn State University, and the University of Pennsylvania to investigate genetic and other causes of obesity and related health problems.
genomeweb

Heart damage linked to obesity in kids
Excess weight may be damaging young hearts
Student Science

Study: Patient Portal Access to Doctors' Notes Increases Med Adherence
According to new two-year study by Geisinger researchers, having patient portal access to their doctors' notes is associated with improved adherence to a medication regime.
HIT Consultant

Risk Of Heart Disease In Children Even At The Age Of 8
Childhood obesity is one of the long-running issues over our younger generation that has been overlooked for so many years.
Student Science

Is Early Breast Cancer Detection Always a Good Thing?
Many experts say patients' anxiety drives them to make unwise decisions that are driven by fear, not research-backed information.
The Science Times

A new study from Geisinger Health hopes to engage precision medicine principles to predict mental and behavioral health risks for an oft-overlooked subset of the veteran population: National Guard and members and Reservists, who experience high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)...
Many experts say patients' anxiety drives them to make unwise decisions that are driven by fear, not research-backed information.
HealthIT Analytics

Geisinger Begins Returning Clinically Actionable Exome Sequencing Results to Patients
In an attempt to figure out how to best implement clinical sequencing within a health system, Geisinger Health System has begun returning clinically actionable results in a set of genes to patients enrolled in the MyCode Community Health Initiative.
genomeweb

A closer look at Geisinger's refund app
'Patients will benefit by being treated in all of the best ways like smart consumers'
Healthcare IT News

Millennials Cleaning Up Another Boomer Mess -- This Time Healthcare

Fortunately, there are visionary leaders such as Geisinger's Dr. David Feinberg who clearly sees how the future will unfold when he states "my job ultimately is to close every one of our hospitals" in a recent Wall Street Journal article.
Forbes

Could antibiotics be making your child gain weight?
Researchers at Johns Hopkins reviewed the electronic health records of 142,824 children ages 3 to 18 who were treated at Pennsylvania's Geisinger Health System from 2001 to 2012.
The Washington Post

How the Brain Regulates Simultaneous Pains
Researchers at the Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa., used electronic health records to track new diseases in 3,612 patients diagnosed with CRS from 2004 to 2007.
Wall Street Journal

Electronic Records Useful in Predicting Patients with Low Back Pain
A study in Pain Research & Management suggests that data from electronic health records could be used to develop a predictive model for patients likely to develop low back pain.
MD Magazine

Study: Teen athletes skipping athletic cups
Just in time for school sports season comes scientific evidence that young men really do think they're invincible: Just 13 percent of male high school and college athletes surveyed said they wear a protective athletic cup.
Philadelphia Inquirer

Patient engagement tips from the pros
Looking to move forward with a patient engagement initiative? Best to talk with the folks who have been ahead of the game for some time.
Healthcare IT News

Partnering with clinical teams one key to patient engagement success
To engage patients in their healthcare, one of the most important factors is to have a good relationship with the clinical team, says Geisinger Health System's Chanin Wendling, director of Geisinger in Motion in the applied research and clinical informatics division.
FierceHealthIT

Geisinger takes on compliance costs
Pennsylvania-based Geisinger has developed five major bodies of oversight, each headed by a senior executive, and a centralized compliance office. Healthcare Finance

SIT labor crunch slows hospital data initiatives
Healthcare has lagged other industries in investment and innovation in information technology. Now, scrambling to catch up, hospitals and health systems are facing a tight supply of skilled IT managers and executives that is holding them back.
Modern Healthcare

How DNA sequencing is transforming the hunt for new drugs
Drug manufacturers have begun amassing enormous troves of human DNA in hopes of significantly shortening the time it takes to identify new drug candidates, a move some say is transforming the development of medicines.
Reuters

Designing disease-resistant robots for the front lines of the Ebola crisis
Robots have been used for search and rescue operations after disasters when conditions were too difficult or dangerous for humans. Now, disease-resistant robots are being developed for use in the Ebola crisis.
PBS NewsHour

Diabetes - The Silent Serial Killer
Dr. Richard Martin gives an insight and in-depth analysis of why diabetes is the silent serial killer in today's world.
FOX News Radio Vipp Jaswal Report

The Choice Between Heart Bypass Surgery and Angioplasty
"The clearest situation where you would need PCI rather than surgery would be a person having an acute heart attack -- the kind colloquially known as 'the big one,'" says Dr. James Blankenship, director of cardiology at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania.
U.S. News & World Report

Think Like a Doctor: Thinner Solved!
We challenged Well readers to solve the case of a middle-aged woman with arthritis who developed a wasting illness after what looked like a simple cold.
The New York Times

After a heart attack, well-managed exercise is key to rehabilitation
February is American Heart Month, so I initiated a conversation with Alfred Casale, chairman of cardiothoracic surgery at the Geisinger Heart & Vascular Institute in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Washington Post

The 7 Organizations That Will Turn Healthcare Upside Down In 2016
#7 Geisinger Health System will raise awareness of the massive over-investment in hospital infrastructure at the expense of community health
Forbes

Geisinger scores $3.5 million from National Institutes of Health to study genetics and disease
Research will lead to tailoring medical treatment based on patients' genetic makeup.
Healthcare Finance

Geisinger Awarded 4 Year Grant to Integrate Genetic Data into EHRs
Two Geisinger researchers have been awarded more than $3.5 million to spend the next four years combining DNA sequence information and health information in thousands of patients' EHRs to study two disorders: familial hypercholesterolemia and chronic rhinosinusitis.
HIT Consultant

Geisinger Opens Genomic Research Center, Houses Telegenomics Program
On Monday, Geisinger Health System formally opened its cutting edge Precision Health Center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
HIT Consultant

Geisinger Invests in Precision Medicine, Genomics, Big Data
Geisinger Health System is taking precision medicine to the next level with a dedicated research center for genomic research supported by telemedicine technologies.
HealthITAnalytics

Geisinger: Successes and challenges of texting with patients
Forget all the new toys, smartwatches and fitness bracelets. If you want to win the attention of your patients, use a cellphone and a text message. That's Chanin Wendling's philosophy - and it's working.
Healthcare IT News

New Geisinger Health Center Merges Telehealth, Genomics
Geisinger Health System is bringing telehealth into the future of precision medicine by making the technology integral to its new genetic research and counseling center.
mHealthIntelligence

Penn State and Geisinger announce new collaborative gene research project
Marylyn Ritchie, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and director of Penn State's Center for Systems Genomics in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, will lead a collaborative effort between Penn State and Geisinger Research to connect the genome data of 100,000 anonymous patients with their medical histories, in order to identify the genetic and environmental basis of human disease.
Penn State News

Q&A: Marylyn Ritchie on Geisinger's New Biomedical and Translational Informatics Program
Geisinger Health System recently announced that it is launching a new biomedical and translational informatics program within its research division and named Marylyn Ritchie, a professor in the Pennsylvania State University's department of biochemistry and molecular biology, as director of the new program.
Genomeweb

US precision-medicine proposal sparks questions
Announcement by President Obama comes amidst growing interest in targeted therapies.
Nature