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How Deficit Reduction Plans Would Affect Medicare
Margaret Dick Tocknell, Senior Editor

Medicare is a complicated program, and so are the proposals to reduce its costs. One red flag is that both the White House and the GOP proposals seem more concerned with reducing costs than improving healthcare.[Read More]
  April 20, 2011

 
Editor's Picks
Value-Based Payment Rules May Be Bound for ASCs
Centers that perform cataract, endoscopy, colonoscopy, and laser eye surgery could soon be paid on the basis of quality measures under a plan unveiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. [Read More]
Drug Shortages Raise Costs, Put Patients at Risk
For more than a year, our healthcare system has experienced a 10-year high in drug shortages for a range of products vital to treatment. This crisis has received scant coverage even when 240 products, including drugs needed for sedation, emergency care and chemotherapy simply aren't available. [Read More]
HDHPs Pose No Additional Risk to Medically Vulnerable
The medically vulnerable who enroll in high-deductible health plans are at no more risk for cutting back on needed healthcare than other people who enroll in HDHPs, according to a RAND Corporation study. [Read More]
Shorter Hospital Stays for Uninsured Patients Compared to Insured
Uninsured patients are typically hospitalized for less time and at a lower cost than insured patients, research by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality finds. [Read More]
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]
Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era
Reform, reimbursement, and reintegration—a triple threat to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) or new opportunities for ROI? Join HealthLeaders Media on May 11 for a 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, to learn how to increase the financial return of ASC operations from leaders with proven ambulatory care ROI. [Read More]
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 on May 18 for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and case studies, for lessons and insights from marketing leaders with successful referral programs. [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]

Health Plan Forum
In an ACO, Who's Accountable?
It can be the hospital, but other organizations, most commonly health plans, large multispecialty physician practices, and medical service organizations can also serve as the "accountable" party in an accountable care organization. [Read More]


Managed Care Headlines
Texas Senate budget takes aim at hospitals
The Texas Tribune, April 20, 2011

OR bill would allow healthcare 'exchanges'
Statesman Journal, April 19, 2011

More docs gravitate toward boutique practice
The Boston Globe, April 18, 2011

Obama Deficit Reduction Plan Prompts Call for Repeal of IPAB
HealthLeaders Media, April 15, 2011

CA Joins Whistleblower Suit Against Sutter Health
HealthLeaders Media, April 15, 2011

White House Deficit Reduction Proposal Targets Medicare
HealthLeaders Media, April 14, 2011

Dartmouth Atlas: Costs Rise for Medicare Patients at End of Life
HealthLeaders Media, April 13, 2011

AMA Identifies 'Most Burdensome' Federal Regs
HealthLeaders Media, April 14, 2011


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Webcasts/Rounds

April 27: Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care

May 11: Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era

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

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