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Health Plans: Data Proves that Meddling Works
Jeff Elliott, HealthLeaders Media

Health insurers these days will latch on to any bit of good press. That's why they were giddy about a recent study published in Health Affairs that indicates private insurance plans control healthcare costs better than Medicare.[Read More]
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  January 5, 2011

 
Editor's Picks
How to Finance and Build Your ACO
The goal of accountable care organizations is to improve quality of care and drive down costs, but organizations must be thoroughly prepared to take on the up-front costs, financial risks, and organizational requirements. This story notes how, over time, Medicare and private payers may give preference to ACOs. [Read More]
CVS Caremark to Pay $1.25B for Universal American Medicare Part D Business
CVS Caremark said it will buy the Medicare Part D business of Rye Brook, NY-based Universal American for $1.25 billion in a deal that will more than double the size of CVS Caremark's Medicare Part D program. [Read More]
12 Ways to Reduce Hospital Readmissions
With hospital readmission rates as high one in five nationwide, we asked experts for tips on getting those numbers down. Some strategies aren't yet proven, but many providers are experimenting with anything that sounds plausible. [Read More]
Rounds: Cardiac Care Leadership for Improved Alignment and Outcomes
Medical specialties are tied back to hospitals and health systems like never before; nowhere are the resulting alignment challenges more acute than in the cardiac service line, where independent practices find themselves seeking the financial shelter of integration. Join us on February 15 live from Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital and share in the lessons from executives at leading national cardiac service lines and medical groups on shared governance, clinical integration, and physician alignment. [Read More]
Webcast: Proven Strategies to Market Women's Services
Women are a vital audience to reach—is your marketing cutting it? As the primary healthcare decision-makers and the key to unlocking additional service audiences, you need up-to-date, effective marketing strategies to win women’s loyalty—thus, business—and expand your market share. Join HealthLeaders Media on January 31, at 1 p.m. (EST) for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, and learn from women’s health marketing experts. [Read More]

Managed Care Headlines
Texas Health Acquires MedicalEdge, PhyServe
HealthLeaders Media, January 5, 2011

Top 5 Physician Challenges in 2011
HealthLeaders Media, December 30, 2010

Sebelius: Repealing healthcare law returns power to insurance companies
The Wichita Eagle, January 5, 2011

2 million Medicare beneficiaries aren't getting discounted drugs
Kaiser Health News, January 5, 2011

Medicaid cost crisis looms for Bay State
The Boston Globe, January 4, 2011

Coupons for patients, but higher bills for insurers
The New York Times, January 3, 2011


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