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PPACA's Advance Poses Challenges for Rural Healthcare

John Commins

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last month upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act resolved constitutional questions about the sweeping law. Now states are left with the challenge of implementing it, and reports show a huge variance in readiness from state to state. >>>


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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Medicare beneficiaries would feel the brunt if the healthcare reform law were to be repealed, says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.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. >>>

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

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. >>>

Proposed OPPS Rule Holds Significant Changes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing two major changes as part of the 2013 Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule. One has to do with how it proposes to calculate ambulatory payment classifications and the other with reimbursement levels for separately payable drugs. >>>

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. >>>

Time to Focus on Rural Nurse Staffing

Nurse leaders take heed: When the next staffing shortage comes, rural healthcare organizations will feel the pinch more acutely than their urban counterparts. The time for retention and recruitment is now. >>>

Breakthroughs Report

Breakthroughs Report: Strategic Solutions for the Readmissions Challenge

Successfully preventing readmissions requires many players to fill the gaps in the care continuum. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, we examine how four leading health systems—Griffin Hospital, Parkview Health, Sarasota Memorial HealthCare System, and UPMC Hamot—are moving the needle. >>>

News Headlines

Blue Shield Policy Closures Blocked in CA

HealthLeaders Media, July 11, 2012

4 Perspectives on What Financial Leaders Must Do Next

HealthLeaders Media, July 9, 2012

Healthcare Creates 169K Jobs Halfway Through 2012

HealthLeaders Media, July 9, 2012

Hospital bills unpaid as Supreme Court shuns Medicaid expansion

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, July 9, 2012

Opinion: Hospital CEO pay—The real issue is charity care

New Hampshire Union Leader, July 9, 2012

Governing Boards Must Align Skills with Need

HealthLeaders Media, July 6, 2012

Medicaid Expansion Now in States' Hands

HealthLeaders Media, July 6, 2012

Feds rank TX worst healthcare provider

Houston Chronicle, July 6, 2012

Assessing Ambulatory Service Centers

HealthLeaders Media, July 5, 2012

Consumer Reports Rates Hospital Safety

HealthLeaders Media, July 5, 2012

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Date: July 26, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
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