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Retail Clinics’ Popularity Grows with Patients, Insurers

Margaret Dick Tocknell

In-store clinics that focus on the delivery of preventive care as well the treatment of minor health problems, are playing a growing role in the delivery of ambulatory care. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

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. >>>

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. >>>

Cost-Shifting Blamed for Commercial Insurance Cost Growth

Costs for healthcare services covered by commercial plans far outstrip Medicare services growth, even with the federal healthcare program’s older, sicker population, according to Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices. Analysts blame cost-shifting. >>>



News Headlines

PA lawmakers threaten to intervene in dispute between hospital, insurer

Newsworks.org, November 30, 2011

Docs: Highmark, UPMC should smooth transition

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 29, 2011

One in 10 stent patients readmitted within a month

Reuters Health, November 29, 2011

Cleveland Clinic, others say patients need more financial help

The Plain Dealer, November 28, 2011

Healthcare case brings fight over which Supreme Court justices should decide it

The Washington Post, November 28, 2011

How Sequestration Will Reduce Health Care Spending

Think Progress, November 23, 2011

Ability to Pay Drives Hospital Length of Stay

HealthLeaders Media, November 21, 2011



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Multimedia/Events

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. >>>


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.  >>>




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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