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Financial Penalties for BIDMC CEO Paul Levy Don't Undo Damage
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

If you haven't heard about the personal failings and "bad judgment" of Paul Levy as CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, welcome back from your volcano-lengthened, month-long unplanned trip to Europe. I don't even want to get into the problems with the way the hospital and Levy have handled this disclosure, but rather to discuss whether any leader—no matter how innovative or dynamic—can effectively govern an organization once his or her episode of poor judgment has been revealed.
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  April 30, 2010

 
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Diagnostic Imaging Uses 57% of the Cost of Cancer Care
I knew imaging was expensive, but I had no idea it made up this much of the cost of treating cancer patients. But when you think about it, it sort of makes sense. At least half of treating cancer is about finding the tumor, and the more precise the physician can be about its limits, the less damage to healthy tissue will result for the patients. Still, the study, which was limited to Medicare beneficiaries, shows the cost of all cancer care increased 1.8% to 4.6% per year, but imaging grew at 5.1% to 10.3% per year. Again, we're talking about outstripping the rate of inflation, which means imaging reimbursement might again be in the crosshairs for a cut. [Read More]
Nebraska Governor Turns Down Federal High-Risk Pool
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman told U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius in a letter sent this week that his state would not operate a new federal high-risk insurance pool for individuals with pre-existing conditions. Heineman told Sebelius that even though Nebraska had a similar program, a new pool with a different plan design, pricing scheme, and funding requirements were needed, and he had questions about the value of adding a new layer of bureaucracy at the state level to administer the program. Wonder if he's also getting a little payback for the fixes in the healthcare reform bill that cut Nebraska's special deal on Medicaid coverage. Just saying it's possible. [Read More]
Former NY Hospital Execs Indicted in Bid-Rigging Scheme
Prosecution for healthcare fraud is really heating up. And instead of doctors in strip malls being the targets, this time the feds are going after senior hospital executives. The four-count indictment, handed up Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New York, charges Emilio "Tony" Figueroa, a former director of facilities operations at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and Santo Saglimbeni, a former vice president of facilities operations at NYPH, with mail fraud and wire fraud. The charges each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Yikes. [Read More]
Not Enough Time on My Hands for an Online PHR
I had to give a recommendation to read this column by my colleague Gienna Shaw, who covers healthcare technology for HealthLeaders Media. Essentially, she spent a good bit of time trying to get usable personal health information into a free online personal health record. In short, the experiment did not go well, and is a window into the many challenges faced by providers and patients in getting this information into a format that will actually help give people better patient care. It's an interesting read. [Read More]
Breakthroughs: The Impact of Personalized Medicine Today
Take a look at how progressive health systems, medical researchers, and physicians are working together to bring the practical benefits of personalized medicine to the frontlines of healthcare delivery. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Partners HealthCare, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center share insights and the lessons learned that will help you explore the current and near-term impact of personalized medicine, determine whether your healthcare information technology foundation is ready for the opportunity, and see where lab research and clinical practice are overlapping. [Read More]
Last Chance to Tell Your Leadership Team's Story
Today marks the deadline to enter the seventh annual Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare Awards—a program that celebrates stories of great healthcare leadership in hospitals, health plans, and medical group practices. There are five categories: large hospitals and health systems (500 or more licensed beds); community and mid-sized hospitals (100 to 499 licensed beds); small hospitals (fewer than 100 licensed beds); health plans (state, regional, and national); and medical group practices (physician-owned, single- or multi-specialty groups employing 25 or more physicians). Winners will be announced nationally and profiled in an issue of HealthLeaders magazine. [Learn More]
This Week's Headlines
U.S. launches antitrust probe into Partners HealthCare
Boston Globe - April 29, 2010
Nashville Medical Trade Center gets first major tenant
The Tennessean - April 29, 2010
Health Insurers Will Implement New Rescission Standards in May
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - April 29, 2010
Nearly Half of Primary Care Docs Get No Additional Compensation for On-call
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - April 28, 2010
Consumer Confidence Remains Low for Paying Healthcare Costs
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - April 29, 2010
Health Insurance Reform May Be Far From Over
Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media - April 28, 2010
SEIU's top healthcare strategist to succeed union leader
Los Angeles Times - April 29, 2010
Medicare Tries to Reduce Fraud and Waste, But Causes Backlog in Payments
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - April 28, 2010
Florida Legislature budgets $50 million to struggling Jackson hospital
Miami Herald - April 28, 2010
For-profit hospital may offer peek at Caritas future
Boston Globe - April 28, 2010

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