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Healthcare Cost Relief is Hiding in Plain Sight
Margaret Dick Tocknell, Senior Editor

Real relief from the pain of high healthcare costs won't come from financial juggling. Rather, it will come from improving health, reducing hospital-based harm, and delivering better quality care.[Read More]
  April 13, 2011

 
Editor's Picks
HHS Unveils $1B Program to Reduce Medical Errors
Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced a $1 billion patient safety initiative aimed at saving lives and reducing hospital readmissions by 20% over the next three years. [Read More]
Dartmouth Atlas: Costs Rise for Medicare Patients at End of Life
Chronically ill Medicare patients spent fewer days in the hospital and received more hospice care in 2007 than they did in 2003. However, hospitalized patients received more aggressive, intensive, and costly care, according to a Dartmouth Atlas Project report on end-of-life care. [Read More]
Adverse Events in Hospitals Largely Undetected
Adverse events serious enough to harm patients are occurring in U.S. hospitals at least 10 times more often than previously measured, according to a report released in the journal Health Affairs. [Read More]
ACOs Offer Opportunities for Physician Executives
About 20% of the C-suite placements are going to physician executives. An executive placement and leadership development firm expects physicians to be in even more demand for management positions as ACOs begin to form. [Read More]
*NEW* Webcast: Blueprint for an Integrated and Alignment-Driven Physician Compensation Plan
With the advent of the accountable care organization and reimbursement shifts from pay for performance to bundled payments, physician compensation plans must do more than ensure fair compensation for physicians. Join HealthLeaders Media for a 60-minute audio conference, including Q&A, to learn how to craft compensation plans for integration and alignment. [Read More]
Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care
Patient-centered healthcare IS accountable care—accountable for quality, for value, for patient satisfaction. Join us on April 27 live from Griffin Hospital and Planetree, recognized pioneers in patient-centered care, with more actionable strategies from invited thought leaders at Sharp Memorial and the Maine Patient-Centered Medical Home Pilot. [Read More]
*NEW* Webcast: Ratchet Up Physician Referrals: Proven Methods & Measures
At the heart of successful physician referral programs are relationships that result in buy-in, engagement, and alignment. How do you build those? And, how do you use data to prove your program's success to the C-suite? Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and case studies, for lessons and insights from marketing leaders with successful referral programs. [Read More]

Health Plan Forum
10 Healthcare Reform Market Changes Affecting Physicians
While specific regulations from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are still evolving, marketplace trends and healthcare reform have clear implications for physicians regarding private payer initiatives, physician-hospital integration, and government action. [Read More]


Managed Care Headlines
Hospital patient safety under a spotlight
Chicago Tribune, April 11, 2011

Medicaid to offer rewards for healthy behavior
Los Angeles Times, April 11, 2011

Roundup: ACO Proposed Rules Fuel Uncertainty
HealthLeaders Media, April 8, 2011

Senators push to open Medicare database
The Wall Street Journal, April 8, 2011

SC Gov signs bill cutting Medicaid payments
GoUpstate.com/Associated Press, April 8, 2011

Health Care Innovation Zones: An ACO for AMCs
Sg2, April 7, 2011

Sponsored Headlines
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Webcasts/Rounds

April 27: Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care

May 18: Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations

May 18: Webcast: Ratchet Up Physician Referrals: Proven Methods & Measures

May 24: Webcast: Blueprint for an Integrated and Alignment-Driven Physician Compensation Plan

On demand: Cardiac Care Leadership for Improved Alignment and Outcomes

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