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  December 7, 2011 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

Good News: Many Insurers Already Meet MLR Requirements

Margaret Dick Tocknell

After all the angst about the medical loss ratio, a federal report reveals that in 2010, two-thirds of insurers met or exceeded the 2011 MLR requirements. Not only will the final ruling on MLR not undermine the healthcare industry, it could help achieve the triple goal of better care, better health, and lower cost. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

MLR Final Rule Keeps Broker Fees as Administrative Costs

Under the final medical loss ratio rule, insurance broker and agent fees will continue to be counted as administrative costs, as under the interim rule. >>>

Healthcare Job Growth Up in November

Healthcare remains a leading source of job creation and was responsible for 14.3% of the 120,000 new jobs across all sectors in November, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows. >>>

How Physician Employment Affects Hospitals, Patients

Doctors are being warmly welcomed by healthcare organizations eager to employ them as a means to augmenting market share. But what does this mean for patient care and reimbursement rates? >>>

Intelligence Report: Cost Containment—Overcoming Challenges

Ninety percent of leaders say they have succeeded in cutting costs without harming outcomes or patient satisfaction, according to this free HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report based on exclusive research and analysis. >>>



News Headlines

Methodist Dallas Resolves Deficiencies

HealthLeaders Media, December 6, 2011

West Penn says Highmark agreement should remain secret

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 6, 2011

Berwick takes parting shot at 'waste'

The New York Times, December 5, 2011

Analysis: Hospitals target pricey medical devices for savings

Baltimore Sun/Reuters, December 5, 2011

Tufts Med Center, Blue Cross continue contract negotiations

The Tufts Daily, December 2, 2011

Highmark CEO Melani: WPAHS can't afford delays

Pittsburgh Business Times, December 1, 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.  >>>




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? >>>

 

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