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Forget MSSP, You've Already Started a Commercial ACO

Karen Minich-Pourshadi

Many healthcare leaders already have the foundation in place for a commercial accountable care organization, which could prove more lucrative than the Medicare Shared Savings Program—the so-called Medicare ACO. They just don't realize it. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Belt Tightening Gets Tougher for Hospitals

Ongoing reductions in federal funding for healthcare in the fiscal 2013 budget and beyond could make it disproportionately more difficult and more expensive for hospitals that rely on Medicare to borrow money, Moody's Investors Service says. >>>

CMS Proposes 10-Year Review for Provider Overpayments

Extending responsibility for Medicare overpayments through a 10-year "lookback period" would cost providers as much as $58 million in additional reporting-related expenses each year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says. >>>

ACO Lessons from Early Adopters Are Invaluable

If you haven't taken the plunge into an accountable care model already, you will soon. That's why it's important to learn from the early adopters >>>

Health Insurance Pricing Transparency Could Save $36B Annually

Billions of dollars could be shaved off the nation's healthcare tab each year if the cost for 300 common procedures covered under employer-based insurance plans were reduced to their median prices, Thomson Reuters Healthcare research shows. >>>



Impact Analysis Report

 

ACOs: Tailoring Your Own Solution

This second report in a series of four provides information and insight on ACOs from leaders at NorthShore University HealthSystem, Novant Health, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, and Sanford Health. The report reveals that leaders are developing their own ACO solutions, rather than relying on governmental ACO structures. >>>



Finance Headlines

Curbing Nurse Obesity Can Shrink Hospital Costs

HealthLeaders Media, March 5, 2012

Soaring cost estimate prompts health law doubts

Times Union / Associated Press, March 5, 2012

FL budget negotiators plan $350M in cuts for hospitals

The Palm Beach Post News, March 5, 2012

To stay fiscally healthy, CA hospitals want fewer patients

Los Angeles Times, March 5, 2012

ICD-10 Proponents Cry Foul

HealthLeaders Media, March 1, 2012

Opinion: Determining the level of payments in healthcare

The New York Times, March 5, 2012

Obama's hospital funding cuts seen worsening primary care doctor shortage

Bloomberg, March 2, 2012

Pressure is on Senate after House kills IPAB

The Hill, March 1, 2012

As CMS Approves Parkland's CAP, Board Chair Resigns

HealthLeaders Media, March 1, 2012

7 Accused of $375M Medicare, Medicaid fraud

NPR / Associated Press, February 29, 2012



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LIVE Webcast: Commercial ACOs—Strategies from Early Adopters

Date: March 22, 2012
About:  Join HealthLeaders Media for 90 minutes of commercial ACO strategy and solutions, direct from top executives representing both providers and payers. This customizable webcast allows you to pre-submit questions to our speakers to help guide the discussion. >>>


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