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Collaborative Saves Employers $11M in Healthcare Costs Over 3 Years
Margaret Dick Tocknell, Senior Editor

A three-year pilot program for employers underscores the cost benefits of offering preventive care treatments without copays, waiving copays for medication to treat chronic conditions, and offering wellness incentives to employees. [Read More]
  September 21, 2011

 
Editor's Picks
IPAB to Kick In Early to Ease Impact of Medicare Cuts
The Independent Payment Advisory Board gains strength under President Obama's deficit reduction plan, which includes $320 billion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. IPAB is considered key to helping achieve those cuts in a way that minimizes the immediate effect on beneficiaries. [Read More]
Medicare Advantage Enrollment Expected to Spike
Enrollment in the private health insurance for Medicare beneficiaries will increase and premium prices will drop as health plans prepare for the open enrollment period, officials at the Department of Health and Human Services say. [Read More]
CFO Exchange: Weighing Expenses Against Quality Mandates
Chief financial officers from across the country gathered at HealthLeaders Media?s inaugural CFO Exchange event to discuss their most pressing concerns—expenses related to care coordination, value-based purchasing, and ICD-10 amidst quality mandates. [Read More]
Joint Commission Top Hospitals List Shuns Academic Medical Centers
In what Joint Commission president Mark Chassin is calling "a wake-up call to larger hospitals," facilities with some of the most prominent national reputations are absent from the list of 405 best in the nation. Meanwhile, a disproportionate number of smaller hospitals are represented, in "recognition that small, rural, and community hospitals can do an excellent job." [Read More]
Healthcare Costs Accelerate Slightly
While the Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices have posted their lowest annual growth rate in six years in April, the rate of growth has been inching up monthly since May. [Read More]
Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement
Date: September 22, 2011
More than just a buzzword, patient experience has become the quintessential objective in the current healthcare climate. Without it, future success will be impossible. Fortunately, the thriving world of social media offers proven pathways to not only create patient engagement, but actually build community around your organization. In this 90-minute Webcast, learn how Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital consistently scores above the 90th percentile in patient satisfaction using social media tools and metrics.
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Health Plan Forum
Norton, Humana Commercial ACO Notches Cost Savings
In a pilot, the partners have begun to track improvement along several initiatives, including a joint replacement accountability study that has seen a 7.3% reduction in direct variable cost, a 6.7% reduction in length of stay, and a 13% reduction in 30-day readmissions. [Read More]


Managed Care Headlines
Commercial payers to open $1T in claims data to researchers
Bloomberg Businessweek, September 21, 2011

Co-payments or not; Affordable Care Act may confuse consumers
The New York Times, September 21, 2011

Trauma Survival Study Reveals Racial Disparities
Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 20, 2011

Opinion: Using plastic to pay Anthem bill? Prepare to lose your coverage
Los Angeles Times, September 20, 2011

Unhealthy Workers Bloat Hospital Budgets
Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, September 16, 2011

Webcasts/Rounds

Sept 22: Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement

Oct 26: Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes

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