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SCOTUS Uncertainty Deters Innovation

Philip Betbeze

It's tough for leaders of healthcare organizations to get traction on the many fixes the industry needs. Because the fight over policy is never really over, potential solutions never get the chance to be fully implemented. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

How Hospitals Can Shape Sustainable Cost Control

The CFO of a physician organization sums up the cost control problem: "We can't get beyond the idea stage. Then, we get absorbed into the next crisis and forget all about cost reduction." A look at several healthcare systems reveals many different approaches to getting a handle on costs. >>>

Encore Engagement Trumps Volunteering, Corporate Exec Finds

A retired senior executive with corporate finance expertise pairs up with the CFO of a community health system to build a better cash-handling system. The opportunity gives him "tremendous satisfaction," he says. >>>

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. >>>

Romney Advisor Offers Views on Healthcare Policy

Michael Leavitt, the former Utah governor and federal government official tapped by Mitt Romney to head his healthcare transition team, says "global economic dispassion" is the primary engine that is driving healthcare reform. >>>

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? >>>

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

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. >>>



LIVE Webcast

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. Featuring speakers from Mount Sinai Medical Center and Intermountain Healthcare. >>>



News Headlines

Parties strategize dealing with Supreme Court decision on healthcare

The New York Times, June 15, 2012

AMA, key backer of healthcare law, looks into reboot

Forbes, June 15, 2012

For hospital CIOs, mergers complicate move to electronic records

The Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2012

Reinventing healthcare in one of America's poorest cities

The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 14, 2012

Highmark, Jefferson Regional announce partnership worth at least $275M

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 13, 2012

Carolinas HealthCare expanding to manage Cone Health

The Charlotte Observer, June 13, 2012

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

Forbes, June 12, 2012

States quietly get ready for healthcare law

The Columbus Dispatch / The Washington Post, June 11, 2012

Healthcare law's fate aside, hospitals evolve

The New York Times, June 11, 2012

NY hospitals look to combine, forming a giant

The New York Times, June 8, 2012



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Shaping Sustainable Cost Control

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