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Reform's Bright Side: You Get to Reinvent How Care is Delivered
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

Despite all the storm clouds on the horizon, there is a silver lining to healthcare reform. The industry is about to find out, as so many others have, that offering a quality product or service at a competitive cost means your services will always be in demand, and that eventually, you'll be paid fairly for them.
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  November 12, 2010

 
Editor's Picks
Slashing Medicare Reimbursements Curbs Treatment Overuse
This story is not likely to encourage many people who like the fee-for-service reimbursement system just like it is, but a new study shows that Cuts in Medicare reimbursements can significantly reduce unnecessary care, according to a study conducted by university researchers and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. To me, that conclusion is a little akin to saying that standing in the rain will make you wet, but if you look a little deeper into the study, it seems to not only have a cost-benefit angle, but also a patient safety one. [Read More]
Healthcare Reform: Two Out of Three Ain't Bad
The feds told us healthcare reform was about creating a high-quality, affordable delivery system for every American within four years. Not only is that a lofty goal, it's an impossibility by project management standards, says my colleague Jeff Elliott, in an insightful column this week. [Read More]
HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations
Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic and Norton Healthcare are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned. [Read More]
Breakthroughs Report: Future Healthcare and Collaboration
Explore strategies to accelerate the drive toward more cost-efficient and quality healthcare. In this new HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—Virtua, Crouse Hospital, Heartland Health, and The Chester County Hospital—share insights and lessons learned. [Learn More]
 
This Week's Headlines
Cleveland Clinic layoffs total less than 200
cleveland.com, November 10, 2010
Healthcare Philanthropy Hobbled by Recession in 2009
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 11, 2010
More employers shifting health costs to high earners
The New York Times, November 10, 2010
Tampa General Hospital opens $35M NICU
Tampa Bay Business Journal, November 10, 2010
Nearly 59 million lack health insurance: CDC
Reuters, November 10, 2010
Early Dialysis Treatment Increases Mortality Risk
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 10, 2010
Paging Dr. Luddite
The Atlantic, November 10, 2010
 
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Webcasts/Audio Conferences
Primary Care Physicians to Take Central Role in ACOs (October 21)
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The business models that will emerge in the era of healthcare reform are still unclear, but leading hospitals and health systems are already positioning themselves to adapt when they do come into focus. They're taking the first steps toward becoming accountable care organizations even before anyone knows for sure what an ACO will look like—or even if they'll ever come to fruition. [Read More]
 
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