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Rising Healthcare Costs May be Impervious to Courts, Regulators
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

Government demand for better value and quality in healthcare is sparking once unthinkable industry alliances. But don't bet on seeing cost savings as a result. In other industries, consolidation serves as a basis for negotiating healthy price increases as well.
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  July 1, 2011

 
Editor's Picks
Federal Appeals Court OKs Individual Mandate
In a legal victory for the Obama administration, a federal appellate court has upheld a lower court finding that Congress has the power to require that individuals purchase healthcare insurance. The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati has affirmed the ruling by the U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit that "the minimum coverage provision is a valid exercise of legislative power by Congress under the Commerce Clause." [Read More]
Highmark to Acquire WPAHS
Pittsburgh-based Highmark Inc., a health plan, says it will acquire Pittsburgh's the financially troubled West Penn Allegheny Health System in a move that could have a significant impact on the western Pennsylvania healthcare market. Highmark is expected to commit $475 million over four years to WPAHS. That includes an immediate $50 million grant to be used for infrastructure improvements to West Penn Hospital in Bloomfield and Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville. In addition, Highmark is expected to contribute $75 million to fund scholarships of students attending medical schools affiliated with WPAHS, and to support other education programs for health professionals. [Read More]
CHS to Sell Two OK Hospitals to Ardent Subsidiary
Community Health Systems will sell two of its five Oklahoma hospitals to a subsidiary of Nashville-based Ardent Health Services. The 180-bed SouthCrest Hospital in Tulsa and the 89-bed Claremore Regional Hospital in Claremore were are being sold to Tulsa-based Hillcrest HealthCare System. Privately held Ardent initiated the deal as part of an expansion of its four-hospital Hillcrest system. [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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Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era
Date: July 20, 2011
What: Integration will be the key to success in the accountable care era, whether your organization develops an official ACO or not. Organizations must develop strong relationships with employed and affiliated physicians. Join us to get alignment strategies to thrive in an increasingly integrated industry.
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This Week's Headlines
5 Questions to Determine Readmission Rate Effectiveness
Sg2, for HealthLeaders Media, June 30, 2011
5 Secrets to ACO Success
Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2011
Why Rural EDs Are Struggling to Survive
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2011
Insurer's cost-cut plan: Buy hospitals
The Wall Street Journal, June 30, 2011
CT scans can help reduce lung cancer deaths, study finds
PBS NewsHour, June 30, 2011
Healthcare spending waste: The international edition
The Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2011
5 reasons why Google Health failed
InformationWeek, June 30, 2011
FTC to Appeal Phoebe/Palmyra Decision
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2011
In CO, a tale of two hospitals
The Aspen Times, June 29, 2011
Henry Ford Hospital CEO advocates healthcare reform
St. Clair Shores Patch, June 30, 2011
 
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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