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ACO Creation Driven by Commercial Market
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

The feds may determine what constitutes an accountable care organization, but commercial market forces are actually doing the work of pushing hospitals, health systems, and allied health providers to adopt the model.
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  April 29, 2011

 
Editor's Picks
The Coming Age of the Patient Navigator
Despite some uncertainty regarding cost efficiency and who should fill the role, payers and providers are focusing on case management. Physicians' offices are increasingly adding an extra layer of personnel support—called patient navigators—to help physicians and hospitals manage difficult or recalcitrant patients whose multiple health issues keep drawing them back into the hospital. [Read More]
Healthcare Reform Pits Physicians Against Hospitals
Physicians employed by hospitals want more say in hospital management, according to a survey by the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. More than 90% of the physicians surveyed said they should be more involved in executive leadership and management of the hospital, including serving on the board of directors and outlining performance improvement initiatives. [Read More]
5 Ways to Energize Your Patient Experience Strategy
Every hospital leader wants to boost patient experience performance scores, and with federal payments soon to be tied to performance, motivation is accelerating. An expert looks beyond amenities and shares strategic tips for elevating the patient experience. [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 for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and case studies, for lessons and insights from marketing leaders with successful referral programs. [Learn 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]
Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations
Neurological service line success is all about managing the collision of technology, research, and care coordination. Get strategies for managing the collision on May 18, live from Barrow Neurological Institute with invited thought leaders from St. John Providence Health System and St. Luke Hospital. [Read More]
 
This Week's Headlines
CHS Defends Medicare Admissions Practices
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Opinion: The right way to reform Medicare
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CHS Board Shakeup Sought by Shareholders
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Checklist Assesses Hospital Social Media Policies
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Despite ACA, Out-of-Pocket Medical Costs Lurk
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Webcasts/Rounds

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

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