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How HHS is Stoking the Fires of Healthcare Reform Controversy
Jeff Elliott, HealthLeaders Media

A bold Department of Health and Human Services statement about pre-existing coverage rules underscores the need for the Department to build bridges with those constituents vital to successful reform.[Read More]
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  January 26, 2011

 
Editor's Picks
As GOP Readies Attack on Healthcare Reforms, HHS Touts Benefits
The Affordable Care Act lowers prescription drug costs, extends the life of the Medicare trust by 12 years, and helps prevent fraud, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius contends. [Read More]
Employer Health Insurance Costs Ratcheting Up Globally
Employer-provided health insurance costs will increase by 10.5% around the world this year, a higher percentage than in each of the past two years, says a report by Towers Watson, a global professional services company specializing in healthcare. [Read More]
OIG: Medicare Advantage Prepayments Cost CMS Millions
The federal government could have saved $450 million in 2007, and more in subsequent years, if it had paid Medicare Advantage plans at the time the plans paid claims rather than paying for each enrollee in advance, at the beginning of each month. [Read More]
Medicare Fraud Recovery Totaled $4B in 2010
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius credits the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with providing legal tools to help in the recovery of federal healthcare dollars. [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
MA insurers say merger would cut health costs
The Boston Globe, January 26, 2011

Americans oppose yanking healthcare law funds: poll
Reuters, January 26, 2011

Republicans eye health costs, not uninsured
Politico, January 25, 2011

Two large MA health plans may merge
The Boston Globe, January 25, 2011

Public wary about cutting Medicare
The New York Times, January 21, 2011

MA insurer says new pay plan working
The Boston Globe, January 21, 2011


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