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Individual Mandate Costs Explained

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Two studies show that the individual mandate would affect only a small number of Americans, that government subsidies would enable most of the affected to cover their health insurance costs, and that without the mandate, government spending would increase by billions of dollars. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Supreme Court Can't Stop Healthcare Reform

Whatever the court ultimately decides will only minimally alter the business of healthcare right now. Reform has been coming organically because payers can't—or won't—suffer double-digit premium increases any longer. >>>

Return of the PHO?

The physician hospital organization, or something like it, is making a comeback as payers and the government make slow progress toward accountable care. >>>

Pay-for-Performance Study Results 'Sobering'

In a large multi-year study, hospitals using a pay-for performance model did not achieve lower 30-day mortality rates than non-participating hospitals. >>>

10 Things We Don't Know About Looming Readmission Penalties

Hospital officials are scratching their heads over how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will fine hospitals with excessive 30-day readmission rates after October 1. >>>



Book

The Healthcare Executive's Guide to ACO Strategy

This comprehensive book dissects the integral components of ACOs from the view of physicians, providers, and payers and analyzes CMS's final regulations. Get the book that provides specifics on incorporating accountable care structure and strategy into your organization and enter the ACO era prepared and positioned to succeed. >>>



News Headlines

In AL, Some Hospitals Thrive on Medicare

HealthLeaders Media, April 4, 2012

Highmark to scour financial ledgers after CEO fired

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 4, 2012

WellCare Health Plans whistle-blower to receive about $21M

Tampa Bay Times, April 4, 2012

WellPoint CEO compensation slipped in 2011

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, April 4, 2012

Insurers refund $73M to MN

Star Tribune, April 4, 2012

Health insurers move ahead, with or without individual mandate

WNYC, April 3, 2012

When more expensive medicine is better

The Washington Post, April 3, 2012

Economics Alone Drives Healthcare Reform

HealthLeaders Media, April 2, 2012

Don Berwick on the fate of 'Obamacare'

Rolling Stone, April 2, 2012

30-Day Readmissions Rule Under Two-Pronged Attack

HealthLeaders Media, March 29, 2012



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Multimedia/Events

Webcast: Lower Costs, Better Productivity in Your Emergency Department

Date: April 30, 2012
About: Increase emergency department throughput with proven cost-reduction and efficiency improvement strategies from three ED leaders at BestPractices, Ochsner Medical Center, and Banner Estrella Medical Center. This customizable webcast allows you to pre-submit speaker questions to guide the discussion and ensure you get the answers your organization needs. >>>


From HealthLeaders Magazine

Red-Tape Mandates Spark Innovation

Mounting compliance requirements and declining revenues are fast becoming catalysts for improvement at healthcare organizations. >>>

 

Strategic Physician Recruiting Calls for Forecasting, Profiling

 

Cleaning Up C. Diff, Together



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