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Healthcare Reform Pace is Dizzying, but Unavoidable

John Commins

Many physicians, upset by the sweeping changes in medicine being brought on by healthcare reform and market demands, indicate they plan to leave the practice of medicine over the next decade. Everyone fears change, especially when we perceive we have little control over it. >>>


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. >>>

Healthcare's Big Data Problem

While there is an abundance of data in healthcare, it's often unstructured and trapped in silos. One approach for health system leaders is to craft an information management master plan. >>>

In Nursing, Accountability Fosters Quality

To know how well nurses are executing on quality and patient safety issues, give them a barometer—in the form of metrics and standards—to measure where they stand compared with individuals and units at their hospital and at like institutions. >>>

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. >>>

How Hospital Forecasting Just Got Tougher

With the uncertainty over which states will opt out of Medicaid, financial leaders in healthcare settings need a handle on their local and national political scenes and must predict the impact on reimbursements and patient volumes. In other words, they need to know everything. >>>

Revealed: What's Really Driving Up Healthcare Costs

A study of three billion health insurance claims from Aetna, Humana, and UnitedHealthcare makes it plain. For one particular group, children under 18, the price of healthcare services has increased faster than either utilization or the intensity of those services. >>>

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. >>>

LIVE Webcast

Going Mobile—Defining Strategy and Establishing Metrics

Date: August 28, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Mobile solutions provide new ways to serve patients, improve efficiency, and deliver greater value. Discover how Swedish Medical Center, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, and Mercy Health have built mobile strategies that advance their business goals and how you can too. Get proven strategies from industry leaders in a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access. >>>

News Headlines

Unclear if ICU telemedicine can save hospitals money

Fox News, August 1, 2012

VA hospital costs in Orlando are on track, officials say

Orlando Sentinel, August 1, 2012

Accretive agrees to $2.5M fine; company to withdraw from MN

Minnesota Public Radio, July 31, 2012

US administration says states will join Medicaid expansion

Reuters, July 31, 2012

Making Nurses Into Leaders

HealthLeaders Media, July 31, 2012

Aurora Health Offers Employers a Savings Guarantee

HealthLeaders Media, July 30, 2012

How Hospital Forecasting Just Got Tougher

HealthLeaders Media, July 30, 2012

Don't Bungle Bundled Payments

HealthLeaders Media, July 27, 2012

Hospitals' Adverse Event Reporting Systems Inadequate

HealthLeaders Media, July 26, 2012

Colorado Shootings Put Docs vs. Glocks Law in Spotlight

HealthLeaders Media, July 26, 2012

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Webcast: Marketing & Metrics—The Cleveland Clinic and Fairview Way

Date: Sept. 14, 1–2:30 p.m. ET

Can you prove the value of your marketing efforts to your organization's bottom line? Learn how marketing leaders from Cleveland Clinic and Fairview Health Services capture, track, and measure the impact of their marketing programs to demonstrate ROI and better support organizational business objectives. >>>

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.  >>>


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