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Use Telehealth to Zap the Cost of Sick Days

Karen Minich-Pourshadi

Next time you hear an obviously ill employee sneeze, grab the tissues—then use them to dry your own tears, because your bottom line is about to take a hit. Now reach for telemedicine. It holds the potential to bring relief to your hospital or healthcare organization. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

CMS Releases 2013 IPPS Final Rule

With the release of the fiscal year 2013 Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has added two conditions to the list of hospital-acquired conditions and finalized operational details for the hospital value-based purchasing program. >>>

MA Insurers, Hospitals Face Surcharges Under Cost-Control Bill

A bill passed by the Massachusetts legislature to contain healthcare costs could leave insurers and large hospitals holding the bag for $225 million in surcharges over four years to fund a prevention and wellness trust and infrastructure improvements to community hospitals. >>>

Hospitals Opting for Palliative Care

Palliative care programs, which require a low start-up investment and offer promising ROI, have increased 125% over the past decade. But this facet of patient-centered care is among the least understood service lines, not only among patients, but also among hospital staff. >>>

BCBS Restricts Competition, Suit Charges

A class action suit filed in U.S District Court charges that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association have conspired to restrict competition to drive up health insurance premium costs. >>>

Give CMOs the Tools for Success

An experienced CMO opens up about the challenges of navigating the narrow channel between the clinical and the financial. One thing is for certain: success is impossible without the backing of a strong CEO. >>>

Medicare Fix Remains Elusive

The program designed half a century ago to help the elderly and disadvantaged pay for healthcare has exploded into a costly, complicated magnet for fraud. As the pace of healthcare reform quickens, one thing is constant: the inability of Congress to fix Medicare. >>>

LAST CHANCE: LIVE 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. >>>



News Headlines

Officials brace for huge task of operating health exchanges

The New York Times, August 6, 2012

Business administrators in CA ordered to stop making patient care decisions

California Watch, August 6, 2012

Doctors, hospitals concerned about hefty malpractice awards in MD

The Baltimore Sun, August 6, 2012

Medicaid managed care program doesn't reduce fees, MA inspector general says

The Boston Globe, August 6, 2012

FL ready to revamp medicaid payments to hospitals

The News Service of Florida, August 3, 2012

IL hospitals fighting new rule on Medicaid patient care

Journal Star, August 3, 2012

Medicare fraud busters unveil command center

Time / Associated Press, August 2, 2012

MA healthcare costs overhaul bill on its way to Gov.'s desk

WBUR, August 2, 2012

Unclear if ICU telemedicine can save hospitals money

Fox News, August 1, 2012


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

Minnesota Public Radio, July 31, 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
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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