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Surgical Survival Predictors May Be Next Big Quality Metric
Cheryl Clark, Senior Editor
What's next for value-based purchasing metrics, hospital transparency, and quality scoring? A healthcare performance coalition suggests hospitals and health systems will be rushing to improve predictors of death during hospitalization. [Read More]
May 19, 2011
Editor's Picks

ACO Concerns Elicit Enticements from CMS' Berwick
With so much objection to the proposed rules that would govern accountable care organizations, the Obama administration has released options for health systems expressing reluctance. There's a fast track for systems that are already providing integrated care and a cash track that would prepay healthcare systems that don't have the capital to muster up. [Read More]

Medicare Trustees Deliver Grim Outlook
A weak economy and higher healthcare costs are taking a toll on Medicare's Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, which is projected by the 2011 Medicare Trustees report to remain solvent until only 2024. [Read More]

The Challenge of the ICU
The intensive care unit is one of the most sensitive areas of the healthcare system: That's where it responds to chronic and unremitting disease of the sickest of hospital patients, as well as those suffering from trauma or complications from surgery. Health systems are in the midst of an ICU makeover as healthcare leaders rethink how they are providing care in the costliest area of the hospital, to improve outcomes and attain ROI. [Read More]

Webcast: Beyond Medicare Shared Savings: Effective ACO & Clinical Integration Strategies
Go beyond the ACO regs furor to uncover commercial and Medicare alternatives for your ACO strategy. Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, for a deep dive with leading experts savvy on the legal and business operation of ACOs in commercial markets and CMS programs other than Medicare Shared Savings. [Read More]

Rounds: Coordinating Systems of Care
Whether your hospital system is pursuing an accountable care organization or a broader program of clinical integration, the real work of creating high-value, cost-effective healthcare is in transforming the systems of care. But the solutions may not be as big and unmanageable as you think. Join us live or via live webcast from Gundersen Lutheran Health System with Gundersen?s clinical and executive leadership team and invited guest Fairview Health Services, two of the nation?s health system pioneers in high-quality, lower-cost healthcare. [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
Fewer ERs available as need rises
The New York Times, May 18, 2011







MA hospital C-section rates show wide swing
The Boston Globe, May 17, 2011
Webcasts/Rounds

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

June 7: Webcast: Beyond Medicare Shared Savings: Effective ACO & Clinical Integration Strategies

June 9: Rounds: Coordinating Systems of Care

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