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Leapfrog's 'License Fees' for Promoting Hospital Scores Rankle

Cheryl Clark

Some hospitals scored by the Leapfrog group are rumbling because the nonprofit requires payment before the scores can be used in paid media ads. They believe the scores are derived through a biased measurement process. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Safety Net Hospitals Raise Concerns on DSH Cuts

Proposed cuts to disproportionate share payments under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act may not be on the same timetable as the expansion of health insurance coverage say advocates for safety net hospitals. The fate of the more than $40 billion in Medicare and Medicaid cuts over 10 years is in the hands of the Supreme Court. >>>

Lab's Non-Coverage Notice Deters Medicare Patients

A national lab's use of a form intended to warn diabetic patients about Medicare's limits on coverage for a vital blood test is provoking some patients to reject testing. A Medicare official says the form does not comply with the standards for valid notices of noncoverage. >>>

Process Improvements Vital to Cost Containment

Healthcare leaders place cost control as a high priority, but labor, government laws and mandates, and information technology are driving up costs. Which line items present the best opportunities for significant, sustainable spending cuts? >>>

Best EDs Focus on Flow

While many healthcare leaders have identified patient flow as their main challenge, they continue to deal with overcrowded emergency departments and concerns about patient safety. Research reveals that leaders expect worsening ED revenue margins and an increasing volume of uninsured patients. >>>

4 Keys to a Better Emergency Department

Moving toward emergency department improvements is a bumpy journey strewn with a dizzying array of models designed to improve throughput. Health systems are finding direct gains not by singular changes, but through collective actions, hospital leaders say. >>>

Disruption, Not Destruction Will Save Medicine

Healthcare definitely needs to be disrupted. A combination of patient activism and sheer technological innovation will be the catalysts for change the industry needs. But science takes time. Calling for medicine's destruction—even of the creative sort—is going too far. >>>



LAST CHANCE: 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? Learn from experts at leading physician practices 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

Commentary: What we learned from cutting colon surgery infections

WBUR, June 14, 2012

Reinventing healthcare in one of America's poorest cities

The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 14, 2012

Art of patient satisfaction meets the science of medicine

The Plain Dealer, June 13, 2012

CT children's hospital, insurer settle lengthy contract dispute

Hartford Courant, June 13, 2012

All 4 trauma surgeons leave one ME hospital to work for another

Bangor Daily News, June 13, 2012

Opinion: Doctors, practice what you preach

The Atlantic, June 13, 2012

Can hospital execs walk the tightrope over the cost-quality chasm?

Forbes, June 12, 2012

Insurer's 30-day prescription limit aims to cut painkiller abuse

The Washington Post, June 12, 2012

High-risk pregnancies increasing, hospitals specializing

Miami Herald, June 12, 2012

Noisy hospitals need Rx for quiet as patients rest

Bloomberg BusinessWeek / Associated Press, June 12, 2012



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ACO Blueprints: Options in Accountability

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