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6 Things Customers Want Health Plans to Know

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Consumers want a more active and educated role in assessing their healthcare coverage options, and they're willing to consider different models of care. Insurers should take notice. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Q&A: Farzad Mostashari on Meaningful Use, Privacy

The national coordinator for health information technology at the Department of Health and Human Services, Farzad Mostashari, speaks with HealthLeaders Media about his top challenges in 2012. >>>

10 Hospital Technologies to Watch Carefully

The ECRI Institute lists ten high-priced technologies, including radiation reduction tools and proton beam radiation therapy, that it says bear a look by healthcare leaders, but come with a slew of caveats. >>>

CMS Innovation Advisors Aim to Improve Quality of Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has tapped 73 healthcare professionals for its innovation advisors program. Funded with $6 million from the healthcare reform act, the program is designed to help drive improvements to patient care and to reduce costs. >>>

FL Still Fighting MLR Waiver Denial

While Florida officials have appealed a federal decision to deny the state's request for a waiver from the medical loss ratio requirements, Kansas and Oklahoma join the roster of denied states. >>>

Impact Analysis Report—The Next Phase of Cost Control

This third report in a series of four from the inaugural HealthLeaders Media CFO Exchange provides insight on cost containment from leaders at Banner Health, Wellmont Health System, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Floyd Memorial Hospital & Health Services, and Trinity Regional Health System. Eighteen percent cite "no culture of being cost-conscious" as their greatest organizational challenge to cost reduction. >>>



News Headlines

NH: A state at war with its hospitals

Government Health IT, January 11, 2012

TX asks feds to delay health insurance rebate plan

NPR, January 11, 2012

Court ruling won't kill ACA, hospital chief predicts

Highland Park News / Chicago Sun Times, January 11, 2012

Recession-hit U.S. health spending barely rose in 2010

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, January 10, 2012

The history of healthcare spending in seven graphs

The Washington Post, January 10, 2012

Ohio begins value-based measure for Medicaid

Dayton Daily News, January 9, 2012

Healthcare Created 314K Jobs in 2011

HealthLeaders Media, January 9, 2012

Insurers profit from health law they spent millions to fight

Bloomberg News, January 6, 2012



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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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