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Health Insurers, Employers Out of Synch

Margaret Dick Tocknell

The results of a recent survey indicate some alarming gaps in knowledge among employers in the wake of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. While insurers have been touting provisions of the law designed to help reduce healthcare costs, employers have not been getting the message. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Hospitals Could Save $9 Billion Under EFT Rules

Interim final rules governing the use of healthcare electronic fund transfer standards and electronic remittance advice operating rules are projected to save providers billions of dollars in administrative costs over 10 years, says the Department of Health and Human Services. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

Slideshow: 3 Hospital Rankings Compared

See how top hospitals measure up across three ratings systems. We compare hospital safety scores from the Leapfrog Group and Consumer Reports alongside the overall rankings of U.S. News & World Report's 17 top-rated hospitals. >>>



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

Healthcare costs to increase 7% for large employers

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, August 8, 2012

Gaps in maternity coverage for some women could grow under health law

NPR, August 8, 2012

MA governor signs new healthcare cost measure

The Boston Globe, August 7, 2012

Hospital chain inquiry cited unnecessary cardiac work

The New York Times, August 7, 2012

FL a bellwether for Medicaid expansion

The Atlantic, August 7, 2012

One-third of doctors wouldn't take new Medicaid patients last year, study says

The Washington Post, August 7, 2012

Officials brace for huge task of operating health exchanges

The New York Times, August 6, 2012

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

The Boston Globe, August 6, 2012

Patients caught in TN hospital, insurer power struggle to drive down costs

Chattanooga Times Free Press, August 6, 2012

Quality improvement program cuts medically unnecessary scheduled births

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, August 3, 2012



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Multimedia/Events

Rounds: Sustainable Patient-Centered Excellence—Lessons From Sharp HealthCare

Date: Sept. 5, 2012, 9:00–12:00 p.m.

Pacific Sharp HealthCare leaders reveal the secrets that have enabled them to turn their patient-centered care initiative into a sustainable program that's ingrained in the culture, improves outcomes, and grows stronger over time. By combining their Sharp Experience performance improvement initiative with the Planetree Patient-Centered Care Model, they have built an organization of sustainable patient-centered excellence like no other. >>>



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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