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House Bill Targets MU Parity for Rural Health Clinics

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, editor for HealthLeaders Media

Proposed federal legislation would be a victory for rural health clinics, allowing them to be eligible for incentive payments for meaningful use, e-prescribing, and the physician quality reporting initiative. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Top 12 Uncertainties Hovering Over Healthcare

If ever there was a year in which "anything could happen" in healthcare, 2012 just might be it. Numerous major decisions, regulations, and policy rollouts loom, including how severely physicians' pay will be cut and whether the Affordable Care Act itself is a constitutional document. We look at a dozen potential game changers. >>>

Behind 5 Major Health Plan Acquisitions

We look at the strategies behind five major deals this year involving Cigna, Highmark, WellPoint, UnitedHealthGroup, and Aetna, in which the insurers have emphasized horizontal integration, vertical integration, and international opportunities. >>>

M&A and the Cost of Quality

In our annual Industry Survey, 31% of top healthcare leaders say their organization is likely to acquire another, and 15% expected to be acquired. We ask four health leaders for their views on the long-term impact that this wave of consolidation will have on improving the overall quality of care while reducing cost. >>>

Tavenner, the Anti-Berwick?

By most accounts, Marilyn Tavenner will not bring to the top job at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services the "visionary" status that Don Berwick has enjoyed. Her friends and colleagues, however, suggest that Tavenner is politically astute and unlikely to "be a bomb thrower." >>>

Tavenner Gains Early Support

Marilyn Tavenner, tapped to succeed Donald Berwick, MD, as head of the Centers for Medicare Services & Medicaid, is generating a favorable response from a former Administrator and major healthcare industry groups. >>>



News Headlines

One in 10 stent patients readmitted within a month

Reuters Health, November 29, 2011

Doctors, hospitals go into business as equals

Detroit Free Press, November 28, 2011

ER building boom is wrong prescription, critics say

The Seattle Times, November 28, 2011

Emergency docs warn of challenges in new payment models

The Wall Street Journal, November 23, 2011

The Walmart opportunity: Can retailers revamp primary care?

Kaiser Health News, November 21, 2011

MT healthcare workers defend payments from drug companies

Billings Gazette, November 21, 2011

Rural Kansas hospitals in danger of closing

KSN.com, November 18, 2011



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Multimedia/Events

Rounds: A Programmatic Approach to Cancer Care

Date: December 16, 2011
About: Attend on-site or via live simulcast. Live at host Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center with invited guest UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, learn from one of the world's most respected cancer brands as it takes its proven success models to a community health system.  >>>


Webcast: On-Call Compensation; Data-Driven Solutions

Date: December 6, 2011
About: By engaging physicians in a data-driven approach to payment, you can develop a workable solution to the call coverage conundrum. Join compensation experts from Children's Hospital of Orange County and ECG Management for strategies for affordable, sustainable call compensation. >>>




From HealthLeaders Magazine

Patient Engagement Takes Physician Leadership

As providers become increasingly accountable for healthcare outcomes, patient engagement grows in significance. Individuals should take responsibility for their health, but what role do the providers play in turning consumers of care into partners in care? >>>

 

Managing the Continuum

 

Treating Patient as Partner


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