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Reducing 30-day Readmissions, Simply

Karen Minich-Pourshadi

Hospital readmissions are costly, but simple care coordination programs are proving to be successful in achieving reductions. One proponent says care coordination does not require expensive equipment, "just a restructuring of personnel into teams and the creation and use of standardized care checklists." >>>

 

Editor's Picks

AHA Rejects Proposed Readmission Penalties

In a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the American Hospital Association objects to several parts of the proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule, saying federal officials "ignored Congress's intent" in drafting the regulations. >>>

Healthcare Business Survival Depends on Managing Uncertainty

The concept of managed uncertainty is not new to most industries, but healthcare's current business model requires big capital bets in a regulated revenue environment that's very short-term focused. Uncertainty plays havoc. It's time to plot how you'll respond to various scenarios. >>>

CMS Corrects Improper Payment Figures, Statistics

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated its Recovery Auditor program payment figures by quarter and the top audit issues per region. A second update provides appeals statistics for fiscal year 2011. >>>

MedPAC Recommends FFS Benefit Changes

Medicare's fee-for-service benefit design should be changed to provide better protection against high out-of-pocket cost sharing and to encourage beneficiaries to make better healthcare decisions, says the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. >>>

AMA, AHA at Odds Over 'Surprise' Medicare Final Rule

The American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association have sent letters to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to register their respective displeasure over provisions in a final Medicare rule that affect physician influence over hospital decisions. >>>



NEW Breakthroughs Report

The Promise of Healthcare Analytics

Healthcare is rich in data. The challenge for healthcare organizations is to make sense of the morass of clinical, financial, and operational information generated. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, four leading healthcare organizations—Brigham and Women's Hospital, St. Luke's University Health Network, Charleston Area Medical Center, and BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina—share insights and lessons learned. >>>



News Headlines

Opinion: Berwick on how 'Obamacare' has put nation on right track

The Cap Times, June 25, 2012

Raises, bonuses prevail for hospital CEOs

Independent Record, June 25, 2012

Healthcare Cost Growth Acceleration Continues

HealthLeaders Media, June 22, 2012

Care Coordination Advancing Slowly

HealthLeaders Media, June 22, 2012

Summit hospital to settle with feds in overbilling charges

The Star- Ledger, June 22, 2012

North Kansas City Hospital officials examine legal options after sale news

Kansas City Business Journal, June 22, 2012

Getting past healthcare's individual mandate

Los Angeles Times, June 21, 2012

Hospitals find a few defenders on Wall Street

MSN Money, June 21, 2012

Healthcare reform: 4 companies leading change

Forbes, June 21, 2012

Value of Rural Hospitals Linked to ED Utilization

HealthLeaders Media, June 20, 2012



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Date: July 18, 12:00–3:00 p.m. ET
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Shaping Sustainable Cost Control

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