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How Can Physicians Close the Disparity Gap?
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

Under healthcare reform, millions of currently uninsured will be become part of the insured, and it is hoped, will be seeking care in physician offices instead of emergency departments. While the healthcare system makes significant efforts to overcome racial and ethnic disparities in care, physicians aren't moving fast enough to meet the challenges of diversity, says one expert. [Read More]
  May 5, 2011

 
Editor's Picks
Health Plan, Provider Partnerships May Trump ACOs
With more than four million Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries expected to receive medical care through accountable care organizations beginning in 2012, hospitals and physicians are aligning to provide the coordinated care that could eventually entitle them to federal financial incentives. A briefing paper from the actuarial and consulting firm Milliman, however, suggests that becoming an integrated delivery system, partnering with a health plan, and focusing on the Medicare Advantage market may make more sense. [Read More]
MGMA: Medical Director Duties, Compensation Vary Widely
Being a medical director can be nice work if you can get it. A physician medical director can add several thousand or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to his or her compensation package for duties that can range from recruitment, attending meetings, conducting clinical peer reviews, and strategic development. [Read More]
Putting Patient-Centered Care Into Perspective
HealthLeaders Media senior editor for finance Karen Minich-Pourshadi tells CFOS that "if you aren't looking at your hospital or health system through the eyes of a patient, then no matter what your role in the C-suite, you're missing the future of healthcare." [Read More]
Berwick Announces CMS Final Value-Based Purchasing Rules
Hospitals now have the final set of value-based purchasing rules governing how they will be paid based on quality performance, which will weight clinical measures at 70% and patient experience measures at 30%. [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. [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]
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 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]
 
Headlines
3 Myths About Safe Injection Practices
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$76B in Pediatric Healthcare Costs Linked to Environmental Factors
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 4, 2011
CABG Procedures Down 30%, Stenting Flat
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 4, 2011

Large Patient Information Breach List Climbs to 265
Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, May 3, 2011
HCA Finalizes Purchase of Miami’s Mercy Hospital
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 2, 2011
CHS Raises 'Best and Final' Cash Bid for Tenet
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 2, 2011
ACO rules limit patient telehealth options
InformationWeek, May 2, 2011
Healthcare Online Job Postings Drop in April
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 3, 2011
Drug shortages imperil patient care
NPR, May 3, 2011
Hospital Labor Costs Inch Up in Q1
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 3, 2011

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Payment Model Innovation: Sharing the Rewards of a Pay-For-Performance Program
Neal Peyser, Managing Director FTI Healthcare discusses the creation of payment incentives for better collaboration between hospitals and their medical staff. He describes how one facility was able to tap incentive payments from a commercial payer that were based on meeting quality and efficiency metrics, and share them with physicians. [Listen Now]
 
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