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Hospital Affiliations Have a Land Rush Feel
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

Independent standalone community hospitals have a lot in common. They're generally the largest employers in the community, they have a lot of local political clout, and they're often the only thing standing between life and death for their patients. But these days, they have something else in common: They're falling like dominoes.
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  June 24, 2011

 
Editor's Picks
Provider Groups Blast U.S. Senate CAP Act
Healthcare provider and consumer groups have joined ranks to blast a proposal in the U.S. Senate to impose a cap on federal spending, saying the "real-world" impact of the plan would cut more than $2.7 trillion from critical safety net programs. [Read More]
MA finds new system not cutting health costs
Early results show that putting doctors and hospitals on a budget—a payment method promoted as a way to curb health costs—has not saved money in Massachusetts. One reason, an investigation by Attorney General Martha Coakley's staff found, is that providers with market clout still appear able to negotiate high payments, just as they do under the traditional system that pays them a separate fee for each procedure or visit. [Read More]
Intelligence Report: Better Care and the Bottom Line
54% of leaders say that ACOs will be successful in coordinating care and driving down overall costs, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis. [Read More]
Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs
Date: August 16, 2011
What: Attend on-site or participate via live webcast. Get accountable care strategies from ACO pioneers Norton Healthcare, Humana, and Palmetto Health—first movers who already have experienced the challenges of building a new framework for healthcare delivery.
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Webcasts/Rounds

July 20: Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era

July 27: Webcast: Creating an ACO Marketing Language

August 16: The Real Value of ACOs

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