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4 Simmering Crises Congress Must Face in 2012

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Congressional leaders will face a heap of healthcare concerns when they return to Washington. Four matters demand their immediate attention, including rancor over the continually delayed "doc fix," and anger over changes to the medical loss ratio. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Top 12 Healthcare Quality Concerns in 2012

It's tough to pin down only a dozen worrisome quality matters, but drug shortages, transparent quality rankings, and 30-day readmissions rules weigh heavily on the minds of providers. >>>

CMS's Proposed Hospital Staffing Revisions Get Cool Reception

A rule proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to allow changes in the governance structure and medical staffing at hospitals has garnered little support from public comments. >>>

Our Top 12 Online Stories of 2011

As 2011 winds down, we review our most popular online stories of the year. Quality concerns, readmissions, accountable care organizations, value-based purchasing, and uncertainty about the future of healthcare all share the spotlight. >>>

CMS Details Recovery Auditor Prepayment Review Demo

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is releasing details of its ongoing efforts to prevent improper payments to providers, including a number of demonstration programs set to launch in January. >>>



News Headlines

GOP front-runners see market solutions for healthcare

Government Health IT, January 4, 2012

TN firm acquires 2 northeast PA hospitals

Beaver County Times / Associated Press, January 4, 2012

Governor Scott panel cannot compare FL hospitals

The Miami Herald, January 4, 2012

WI's decision to halt health exchanges worries insurers

Journal Sentinel, January 3, 2012

CA adds patients to health insurance rolls

Los Angeles Times, January 3, 2012

Judge orders details released in Highmark, West Penn pact

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 30, 2011

CMS seeks input from Medicare plans on star rating methodology

BNA, December 30, 2011

Reversal on health mandate came late for Gingrich, Romney

NPR, December 29, 2011

Blue Shield of CA to pay $2M over dropping of policyholders

Los Angeles Times, December 29, 2011



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2011

Determination and a willingness to take a chance are among the qualities we see in our annual HealthLeaders 20 as they set about dedicating their professional lives to making a difference for good in healthcare. >>>

 

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