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Cut Physician Preference Costs by Building Physician Bonds

Karen Minich-Pourshadi

Physician preference items can be costly, yet eliminating them poses the risk of conflict between a hospital and its physicians. It doesn't have to be that way. UC Health in Cincinnati found a way to save more than $45 million in PPI costs over two years by bringing physicians into the selection process. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

For More Revenue and Less Grief, Try Charging Less

Hospitals that go after self-pay debt with a heavy hand end up with little or nothing in revenue and, worse, a bad reputation, once word gets out about their aggressive tactics. It's a dangerous game, especially for nonprofits. >>>

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. >>>

'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. >>>

Physicians Ask Congress for SGR Alternatives

Doctors' advocates are asking Congress to scrap Medicare's widely reviled sustainable growth rate payment scheme and replace it with flexible payment options that reward quality and efficiency. >>>



LIVE Webcast

Medical Home—Prime Your Organization for Launch

Date: June 15, 2012 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Is establishing a medical home the right fit for your organization? Move beyond the buzz and learn from experts about the realities of assessing readiness and preparing for medical homes, including physician buy-in and reimbursement structure. Get the strategies you need in a customized webcast with a Q&A, an online forum, a takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access. >>>



News Headlines

Health subsidies vs. med-tech tax

Star Tribune, June 4, 2012

Hospital commission's big question: Essentia or no?

Duluth News Tribune, June 4, 2012

WI healthcare systems revamping payment methods

Journal Sentinel, June 1, 2012

Mayor talks to UM, Jackson heads about bitter contract dispute

Miami Herald, June 1, 2012

Experts question whether MA can reduce healthcare costs

The Washington Post, May 31, 2012

Accretive senior VP apologizes, defends firm's mission

Star Tribune, May 31, 2012

1 in 3 Medi-Cal Enrollees Delay Care on Cost Concerns

HealthLeaders Media, May 31, 2012

Slideshow: Emergency Departments Focus on Flow

HealthLeaders Media Staff, May 31, 2012

Legislation defines charity care for IL hospitals

Chicago Tribune, May 31, 2012

OH hospitals keep $3B in cash reserves

The Columbus Dispatch, May 30, 2012



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Rounds: Excellence in Cardiac Care—Elements of Success from The Mount Sinai Medical Center

Date: July 18, 12:00–3:00 p.m. ET
How do you balance the latest in advanced cardiovascular treatment with market growth? Join HealthLeaders Media and the cardiovascular team at The Mount Sinai Medical Center to learn how Sinai has reinvented one of the top cardiovascular enterprises in the country, and has climbed up the national rankings dramatically in the past five years.  >>>



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

 

Emphasis on Support in Decision Support



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