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What Perry's Stance on Medicaid Expansion Means to Texas Hospitals

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Expanding Medicaid in the Lonestar state threatens it with "financial ruin," says Governor Rick Perry in a letter to Kathleen Sebelius.  But hospital leaders, footing large bills for uncompensated care, see the move as a double whammy. They've already agreed to cuts in disproportionate share hospital payments in exchange for an expanded Medicaid program. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Blue Shield Policy Closures Blocked in CA

The California Department of Insurance and Blue Shield of California are at odds over the insurer's efforts to close 23 health plans and transfer those members to other products. >>>

Repeal of PPACA Would Be 'Devastating,' Sebelius Says

Medicare beneficiaries would feel the brunt if the healthcare reform law were to be repealed, says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the matter Wednesday. >>>

89 ACOs Open for Business

The launch of 89 accountable care organizations in 40 states on July 1 means more than 2.4 million Medicare beneficiaries are receiving care from shared savings ACOs, federal officials say. >>>

Medicare Proposal Ties Stricter Quality Measures to ESRD Payments

Kidney dialysis centers would have to work within stricter quality guidelines under a proposed incentive payment program for care delivered to patients with end-stage renal disease. >>>

Proposed EHB Rule Draws Few Comments

Fewer than 30 parties remarked on the Department of Health and Human Services' proposed  requirements for essential health benefits. These are 10 categories of service that must be offered beginning in 2014 by health insurance exchanges under a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. >>>



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

Health insurers' suits show they're not keeping a lid on costs

Los Angeles Times, July 11, 2012

Study: Medicare fraud contractors vulnerable to conflict

Fox News / Associated Press, July 11, 2012

Cracks appear in Republican unity on health law repeal

The New York Times, July 10, 2012

When states opt out of expanding Medicaid

The Atlantic, July 10, 2012

MA hospital group: Medicaid cuts 'unsound public policy'

The Boston Globe, July 10, 2012

Study: Improve care, reduce high cost for Medicare beneficiaries

The JHU Gazette, July 10, 2012

WellPoint buying Amerigroup for about $4.46B

Kansas City Star, July 9, 2012

How Bundled Payments Pay Off in Joint-replacement

HealthLeaders Media, July 9, 2012

Medicaid Expansion Now in States' Hands

HealthLeaders Media, July 6, 2012

Aetna suit by doctors escalates out-of-network dispute

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, July 5, 2012



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Webcast: 4 Strategies to Transform Patient Experience

Date: July 26, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
Don't aim for just a good patient experience, build an exceptional, sustainable patient experience. Get proven strategies from executives at MemorialCare Health System and Fauquier Health and other industry leaders on how to tailor the message for specific departments, improve patient experience beyond the walls of the hospital—even how to sustain a patient experience transformation.



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Shaping Sustainable Cost Control

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