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Payment Cuts to Critical Access Hospitals 'Inevitable'

John Commins

Many rural hospital leaders lack contingency plans for what one expert in healthcare strategy calls inevitability—Medicare critical access funding cuts within the next three years. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Outpatient Care Expansion Comes Under Scrutiny

Even the most ardent proponents of outpatient care say its pace of growth may slow, depending on a community's need for integrated care and specific demand for multidisciplinary approaches. >>>

Hospital HCAHPS Scores Beat Expectations

Hospitals have been scurrying to improve their patient experience scores under Medicare's value-based purchasing rules. Those efforts are paying off, Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey responses show. >>>

Primary Care Docs Weigh Advantages of PCMH

An insurer's plan to increase reimbursements for primary care physicians who transition to patient-centered medical homes could signal a tipping point in the move toward the new care management model. >>>

Convincing Rival Docs to Become Partners

To organize teams of erstwhile rivals, health system leaders must manage egos, negotiate ambitions, and acknowledge that they may be bringing on board some professionals who can't stand one another. >>>



Impact Analysis Report

 

Value-Based Purchasing: Facing the HCAHPS Hurdle

New research finds that 25% of organizations have not yet begun preparing for VBP. Get additional data in this final report in a series of four from the inaugural HealthLeaders Media CFO Exchange, with analysis and insight from leaders at Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare, Hackensack University Medical Center, Piedmont Healthcare, Griffin Hospital, and Sharp Healthcare. >>>



News Headlines

14 Hospitals reach $12M false claims accord

Bloomberg, February 8, 2012

WA state has new plan for ER limits; doctors critical

The News Tribune, February 8, 2012

Hahnemann boosts use of RNs in bid to improve care

The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 8, 2012

VT would allow ’bronze plan’ to encourage health

CBS News / Associated Press, February 7, 2012

Medicaid changes challenge TX hospitals to do things differently

Houston Chronicle, February 7, 2012

Questions raised about proposal for PA's insurance exchange

The Morning Call, February 7, 2012

TX prisons consider switch to local hospitals for convict care

The American-Statesman, February 6, 2012

How one hospital entices doctors to work in rural America

NPR, February 2, 2012



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