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IPAB Wields Chainsaw for Want of a Scalpel
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

The mandate of the Independent Payment Advisory Board is to trim healthcare spending. But unless it is granted more authority, it will be forced to use the blunt tool of rate cuts, where a more nuanced approach might be the better solution.
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  September 23, 2011

 
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Private Sector ACO Models Rooted in Rugged Individualism
While the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' accountable care organization regulations are receiving much attention, many organizations are getting innovative and figuring out how to become more efficient and provide better quality care on their own. Many hospital and health system leaders say much of the work on improving the value proposition in healthcare rests on tailored accountability developed locally with employers and payers. [Read More]
Collaborative Saves Employers $11M in Healthcare Costs Over 3 Years
Three years ago the Kansas City Collaborative began as a pilot program to help employers work with their health insurers to improve the health of their employees. Using value-based benefit design, employers identified health benefits and wellness programs with track records of delivering high quality, evidence-based, cost-effective care. The pilot program is winding down and so far KC2 companies have saved about $11 million in direct healthcare costs, according to the reports from nine employers representing 56,000 workers. [Read More]
How CEOs Are Engaging EMS to Help Reduce Costs
Do you know the Emergency Medical Services chief in your community? Do you have his or her cell phone number, talk regularly, or meet for lunch on occasion? The time has come to get to know them. They might just be the missing link between the medical home and the creation of a truly integrated healthcare community. [Read More]
Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes
Join us Oct. 26 with host Denver Health and invited guest Virtua as senior leaders share how to make continuous quality improvement with a focus on bottom-line value part of your institutional culture and process. [Register Today]
 
This Week's Headlines
Nurses at nearly three dozen CA hospitals strike
MercuryNews.com / Oakland Tribune, September 23, 2011
IL governor pauses hospital tax decisions
Chicago Tribune / Associated Press, September 23, 2011
US firms expect healthcare costs to rise at lowest rate since 1997
Los Angeles Times, September 22, 2011
IPAB to Kick In Early to Ease Impact of Medicare Cuts
HealthLeaders Media, September 21, 2011
Groups Call for Transparency in Hospital Accreditation Survey Findings
HealthLeaders Media, September 21, 2011
HHS Gives States $109M to Bolster Premium Hike Oversight
HealthLeaders Media, September 22, 2011
Hoboken City Council rejects deal for foundering medical center, closure imminent
The Star-Ledger, September 22, 2011
MGMA: Docs Trim Practice Expenses, But Operating Costs Soar
HealthLeaders Media, September 22, 2011
CDC Issues Draft Guidelines for Testing Donor Transplant Organs
HealthLeaders Media, September 14, 2011
Las Vegas' UMC lost $70M last year
8 News Now, September 22, 2011
Young adults gain health insurance under new law
Washington Post, September 22, 2011
Plan unveiled for Austin medical school, hospital, clinics
Austin American-Statesman, September 21, 2011
 
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