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Healthcare Drives US Job Growth in May

John Commins

Healthcare continues to be one of the few steady bright spots in the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly job growth report. The reports have otherwise been erratic and lackluster since the economic downturn in 2008. >>>

 

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'Historically' Low Healthcare Spending Growth Predicted for 2013

PricewaterhouseCoopers attributes much of the projected slower growth to the tepid economy, the healthcare industry's broad focus on cost containment, and efforts by employers to keep health insurance expenses down. >>>

ACA Funding Threatened by House Committee Vote

A vote by the Republican-dominated House Ways & Means Committee has set the stage for the full House to consider repealing the excise tax on medical devices and the use of health savings accounts to purchase over-the-counter remedies such as cough syrup and pain killers. >>>

13 Hospitals Fined for Immediate Jeopardy Violations in CA

Penalties totaling $825,000 are levied against California hospitals in the latest disciplinary actions against acute care facilities that either caused or were likely to cause harm to patients, state officials say. >>>

Health Savings Accounts, High-Deductible Plans Jump 18%

Some 13.5 million Americans had health savings accounts and high-deductible health insurance plans in 2012, an increase of 18% from 2011, according to the latest annual census from America's Health Insurance Plans. >>>



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Prevent 30-Day Readmissions

Date: June 27, 2012 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Join us for readmissions approaches that work. You’ll leave this interactive webcast with strategies to standardize care protocols for cardiac and pneumonia patients, improve federal funding for these initiatives, and assess and assign patient risk for readmission, including Medicare FFS patients. >>>



News Headlines

Highmark names former Assistant Secretary of Defense as CEO

Highmark, June 4, 2012

Contractors: VA missed chance to speed hospital work, save jobs

Orlando Sentinel, June 4, 2012

HCA doctors complain about firing

Miami Herald, May 31, 2012

HCAHPS Scores Show Wide Variation

HealthLeaders Media, May 30, 2012

Mysteries surrounding massive Memorial Health System severance could endure

The Gazette, May 30, 2012

Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Programs Skyrocketing

HealthLeaders Media, May 29, 2012

Pitt cuts medical research incentive

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 29, 2012



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

 

ACO Blueprints: Options in Accountability

As the healthcare industry moves away from a transaction-based system, leading organizations are exploring accountable care models of various types. >>>

 

Aetna Building National ACO Network

 

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