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Don't Bungle Bundled Payments

Philip Betbeze

Before jumping into a bundled payment initiative, senior healthcare leaders should test and evaluate how accepting one payment for a variety of services performed under a single care episode would affect their bottom line. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Insurers Join HHS in Fighting Fraud

UnitedHealth Group, WellPoint, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association are among the public and private payers partnering with the Department of Health and Human Services to detect and halt Medicare and other fraud schemes. >>>

Healthcare M&A Activity Surges in Q2

Buoyed by two blockbuster deals, the dollar value of healthcare services mergers and acquisitions tripled during the second quarter of 2012 compared with business activity among physician groups, hospitals, and managed care firms during the comparable quarter in 2011, a report shows. >>>

NAPH Chief Warns of 'Disaster' if States Don't Expand Medicaid

Bruce Siegel, MD, CEO of the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, says he hopes the Department of Health and Human Services finds a way to persuade states to expand Medicaid. Otherwise, "hundreds of hospitals" will be impacted. >>>

30-Day Readmission, Mortality Rates Updated

A major update to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Hospital Compare website refreshes data for 30-day readmission and mortality rates. >>>

Clinical Data Requires Nimble Navigation

Within a year, the number of EHR users who are also using analytics will double. "It is a critical next step that organizations are moving to analytics, not just technology," says one health system CEO. "The value added from data is going to drive quality," says the CMO of another. >>>

HHS Offers States $275M for Care Delivery, Payment Models

States may apply for Health and Human Services funding from two separate pots depending upon their progress in planning systems to deliver coordinated care for the millions of people who are expected to receive health insurance coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. >>>

Hospitals Rarely Report Adverse Events, Says OIG

An Office of Inspector General report finds that 60% of adverse and temporary events nationally occurred at hospitals in states with reporting systems. But only 12% of the events met state requirements for reporting. And hospitals reported only 1% of the events. >>>

AHA: Christensen Cautions Hospital Leaders on Costs

"If you were suckered into taking a job as a CEO of a hospital, that is a really bad choice, because you have a job that's impossible to do," Harvard Business School professor and author Clayton M. Christensen told attendees, only half-jokingly, at the American Hospital Association Leadership Summit. >>>

CMS Updates Hospital Compare Website

Annual readmissions and mortality rate data has been refreshed on the Hospital Compare website, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has also updated performance data for hospital-acquired conditions and outpatient imaging safety measures. >>>

Hospitals' Adverse Event Reporting Systems Inadequate

The systems by which the nation's hospitals detect and quantify patient harm within their facilities can be summarized by the Tower of Babel cliché: It seems that everyone uses a different definition of what is a reportable adverse event. >>>



Breakthroughs Report:

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

Rural Hospitals Prep for 'March' on Washington

HealthLeaders Media, July 25, 2012

5 Expert Tips for Filing IRS Form 990

HealthLeaders Media, July 23, 2012

Hospitals are worried about cut in fund for the uninsured

The New York Times, July 27, 2012

Medicaid expansion may lower death rates, study says

The New York Times, July 27, 2012

David Blumenthal to leave Partners HealthCare to head Commonwealth Fund

The Boston Globe, July 27, 2012

Opinion: Women in healthcare—4% of CEOs, 73% of managers, report says

Forbes, July 27, 2012

Worries grow as healthcare firms send jobs overseas

Los Angeles Times, July 26, 2012

1 in 3 Physicians Plans to Quit Within 10 Years

HealthLeaders Media, July 27, 2012

CBO: Healthcare law now cheaper, won't cover as many people

Politico, July 25, 2012

Economy, budget woes threaten non-profit hospitals

Reuters, July 24, 2012



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Multimedia/Events

Rounds: A Comprehensive Women's Health Service Line—Lessons from North Shore-LIJ

Date: August 9, 2012, 12:00–3:00 p.m. ET
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From HealthLeaders Magazine

Refocus: Building the Best Physician Team

As hospitals move from a fee-for-service to value-based world, leaders are exploring how to create a physician team of generalists, specialists, and subspecialists to best meet the new needs of care.  >>>

 

Financial Benefits of Telehealth

 

The New ICD-10 Deadline



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