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CFOs Emerge as Champions for Healthcare Benefits

Margaret Dick Tocknell

CFOs speak the new language of healthcare sales, which focuses on ROI. Health plans that can become a partner to CFOs, rather than simply a vendor, will have an advantage as companies consider their coverage options. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Medicare Targeted for Cuts Under HHS Budget

Under the Department of Health and Human Services' proposed budget, Medicare providers would see their reimbursements slashed by $297 million over ten years. There is no provision for a "doc fix" to resolve the sustainable growth rate formula problem. >>>

Medicare Physician Payment Rule Factors in GPCI

The final 2012 Medicare physician payment rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services includes an adjusted fee schedule for the Geographic Practice Cost Index. The adjustment prevents large cuts this year and will help California physicians in the future. >>>

Feds Release Final Rules on Health Plan Language

Under the new rules, information provided to consumers about healthcare insurance eligibility and benefits must clearly specify a plan's deductibles, annual limits, and other details so that consumers can understand them. >>>

Insurer Trains Nurse Care Coordinators

Nurses who work in primary care physicians' offices are being specially trained as population care coordinators to manage follow-up care and the transition to patient-centered medical homes. >>>



NEW: Industry Survey 2012

Our fourth-annual Industry Survey features a new CEO report, an overall cross-sector report, and individual reports targeting Senior Leaders, Finance, Physicians, Nurses, Community & Rural Hospitals, and Service Lines. Take the pulse of the industry; download the reports now. >>>



News Headlines

US senator sees short-term Medicare 'doc fix'

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, February 15, 2012

Feds beef up screening for Medicare providers; agency recovered $4.1B last year

The Washington Post / Associated Press, February 15, 2012

High-risk insurance pools short on enrollees

Politico, February 15, 2012

Opinion: Who will take the lead in fixing Medicare?

Health Affairs Blog, February 15, 2012

Teaching hospitals decry Medicare's low safety rankings

The Boston Globe, February 14, 2012

Opinion: UCLA Medical Center loses its Blue Shield

Los Angeles Times, February 14, 2012

RI hospital to pay $5.3M after federal probe

Providence Journal, February 14, 2012

Feds deny part of FL Medicaid proposal

Miami Herald / Associated Press, February 13, 2012

UnitedHealth will tie doctors' payments to quality of care

Bloomberg / BusinessWeek, February 10, 2012

Hospital exec charged in $116M Medicare scam

Houston Chronicle, February 10, 2012



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

 

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. >>>

 

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