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Aurora Health Offers Employers a Price Guarantee

John Commins

Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care is offering employers who join the Aurora Accountable Care Network guaranteed savings averaging 10%. The savings are generated primarily through coordinated care for patients, lower co-pays with network providers, and better health outcomes, the company says. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

1 in 3 Physicians Plans to Quit Within 10 Years

A survey of doctors by a healthcare staffing recruiting firm finds widespread job dissatisfaction triggered by sweeping changes in medicine due to healthcare reform and market demand. >>>

Not-for-Profit Healthcare Outlook Remains Negative

Debt downgrades in the not-for-profit healthcare sector are expected to continue, according to Moody's Investors Services. The firm has had a negative outlook on the sector since November 2008, when the financial crisis began. >>>

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. >>>

Building the Best Physician Team

Health systems are looking to forge relationships bound by teamwork, cohesiveness, and coordination as never before. Now hospitals are revamping their leadership structures, and some are going further, establishing academies to cultivate physician leaders. >>>

Don't Bungle Bundled Payments

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. >>>

Inside an Award-winning ED's Nursing Department

The continuous quest for improvement is part of the culture at Boston Children's Hospital, and it's part of the reason that the hospital's ED was one of eight winners of the Emergency Nurses Association's second annual Lantern Awards. >>>

News Headlines

Doctor shortage likely to worsen with health law

The New York Times, July 30, 2012

2 hospitals fired man in hepatitis outbreak

New Hampshire Union Leader, July 30, 2012

UM med school's big ambitions led to big layoffs

Miami Herald, July 30, 2012

About 80 malpractice claims at NM hospital settled for $33M

San Francisco Chronicle / Associated Press, July 30, 2012

Many doctors treating LA prisoners have disciplinary records themselves

The Times-Picayune, July 30, 2012

Monitors say Parkland Hospital lags behind in meeting patient-safety mandates

The Dallas Morning News, 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

CO theater shooting plunged hospitals into turmoil

Los Angeles Times, July 26, 2012

WellPoint cuts forecast as quarterly profit misses view

Reuters, July 26, 2012



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Multimedia/Events

Webcast: Physician-Hospital Alignment After the ACA Decision

Date: August 7, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
New models of hospital/physician integration are proliferating in a dynamic healthcare market. Discover which model best suits your institution—now and into the future. Industry experts provide proven tactics in a customized webcast with a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access. >>>


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

Date: August 9, 2012, 12:00–3:00 p.m. ET
In three hours, learn direct from the founders of the Katz Institute for Women's Health about how to position your women's health programs to meet evolving physician and patient demands. Move beyond OB/GYN and learn to plan, build and operate a women's health center of excellence. >>>



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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