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Rural Hospitals Fight to Block $16B in Federal Cuts
Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media
As political power players in Washington continue to bicker and wrangle over the country's debt ceiling crisis, rural healthcare providers are up in arms over $16 billion in proposed cuts to rural hospitals and frontier America. [Read More]
    
 
July 27, 2011
 
Editor's Picks

Economist Links Higher ER Spending to Lower Mortality
A Massachusetts Institute of Technology study finds that an increase of about $4,000 in hospital expenditures per cardiac patient leads to a 1.4 percentage-point decrease in the mortality rate. But the study does not differentiate between effective and ineffective ways to spend.[Read More]

Understanding Bundled Payments
Although 2011 may go down in the history books as the year of the accountable care organization, there's also been a tremendous amount of payment innovation on a different level—aligning incentives and optimizing the delivery of "episodes of care." Bundled (sometimes referred to as episode-based) payment structures are a means to that end. [Read More]

CMS to Perform Rate Reviews in 10 States
Ten states have been notified that the Center for Medicaid & Medicare Services will be taking over responsibility for reviewing certain health insurance premiums increases proposed by insurers in their states. [Read More]

Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs
Date: August 16, 2011
What: Attend on-site or participate via live webcast.
About: 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. [Register Today]

Intelligence Report: ICD-10 Puts Revenue at Risk
46% of healthcare leaders anticipate revenue loss from ICD-10 implementation, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report.[Register Today]

 
Leaders Forum

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]
 
This Week's Headlines

Rural areas face more healthcare hurdles
Star Tribune, July 27, 2011
Hospitals 'lien' on patients for medical bills
CantonRep.com, July 27, 2011
Drug prices will fall sharply as patents expire
The Boston Globe/Associated Press, July 26, 2011
Probe finds CA hospital chain has high rate of ER transfers
San Francisco Chronicle, July 26, 2011
12 Benefits of Leasing Equipment
HealthLeaders Media, July 25, 2011
Small-town docs made in a small Kansas town
The New York Times, July 25, 2011
WHO: Going into hospital far riskier than flying
Chicago Tribune/Reuters, July 22, 2011
'Hospital within a hospital' solution may ease merger concerns
WFPL Louisville, July 22, 2011
CO nonprofit's planned sale of share in hospitals to HCA raises doubts
The Denver Post, July 21, 2011

Webcasts/Rounds

Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs (August 16)

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ACO Appeal for Hospitals Needs a Boost

Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD., president and CEO of Methodist Health System in Dallas discusses what needs to happen to get hospitals excited about ACOs and what it will take to make ACOs sustainable.[Listen Now]
 
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