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  October 21, 2011 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

Two-Tiered U.S. Healthcare System Looming

Philip Betbeze

Lately, I've been hearing whispered opinions that basically go like this: Enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act started a metaphorical snowball rolling downhill toward a two-tiered health system. We have to decide as a society whether that model would be better than what we have now, or if it would be worse. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

ACO Final Rules Ease Requirements, Reduce Risk

Federal health agencies have released their long-awaited set of final rules governing accountable care organizations. Major concessions to the original plan include a reduction in quality measures, and a significant change to meaningful use requirements for electronic health record use. >>>

Medicare ACOs Move Closer to Commercial Model Under Final Rule

Prospective assignment, advanced payment, and accelerated shared savings are among the commercial accountable care organization features that will be available in Medicare ACOs under the federal government's final rules. >>>

Employers Score Savings When Patients Shop By Price

An Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield pilot program under way in three states aims to determine whether cash incentives offered by employers can move healthcare consumers to select low-cost facilities for medical care. >>>

Dueling Healthcare Proposals Submitted to Super Committee

How would the two major political parties address cuts to specific healthcare programs? Not in a bipartisan manner, and perhaps not at all. >>>

HHS Floats $5B Package to Cut 'Burdensome' Hospital Regs

A package of reforms aimed at hospitals and announced by the Department of Health and Human Services will do away with "overly burdensome regulations," says Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. >>>

*LAST CHANCE* Industry Survey 2012

We know you have something to say. And we want to hear it. Take the 2012 Industry Survey now—in 10 minutes or less, share your insight and help define industry trends. Enter today for the chance to win an iPad! Hurry, the survey closes TODAY! >>>



View From The Top

Demonstrate Leadership, Help Safety Nets Now

Hospitals and other healthcare providers serving as true safety nets are increasingly endangered under the weight of community service demands from uninsured and low-income patients.  Tax exemptions and voluntary leadership can help. >>>



News Headlines

Medicare Ratings System Largely Untapped By Seniors

HealthLeaders Media, October 19, 2011

Hospital safety practices unrelated to outcomes

HealthNews/Reuters Health, October 19, 2011

Higher Medicare premiums could erase part of Social Security increase

Star Tribune/Associated Press, October 20, 2011

Officials field questions on hospital merger

The Courier-Journal, October 20, 2011

Methodist Hospital redevelopment board seeks private partners

The Times-Picayune, October 20, 2011

Cleveland Clinic employees get healthier, lower insurance costs

The Plain Dealer, October 19, 2011

More than 1,000 gather to support plan for NJ hospital

The Record, October 20, 2011

Hospital rooms get smart

InformationWeek, October 20, 2011



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Multimedia/Events

Rounds: The Business and Clinical Path to Medical Home

Date: November 11, 2011 About: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast. Live from host St. Joseph Health System—reaching the vision of patient–centered medical home requires strong links between hospital and physician to achieve best patient outcomes. Join us for the dialogue in a special, complimentary Rounds, sponsored by RelayHealth. >>>


Webcast: Battle-Tested Tactics for Key Internal Marketing Initiatives

Date: November 8, 2011 About: In this 90-minute Webcast, benefit from lessons learned from Catholic Health Initiatives’ communication campaign for EHR implementation, and learn what your service lines can mean for marketing opportunities. >>>




From HealthLeaders Magazine

Engaging the Patient

As providers become increasingly accountable for healthcare outcomes, patient engagement grows in significance. Yes, people should take responsibility for their health, but what role do the providers have in turning the consumer of care into a partner in care? >>>

 

Managing the Continuum

 

Treating Patient as Partner



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