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Top 10 Hospital Contracting Priorities

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Hospitals are more concerned with increasing their reimbursement rates and limiting claims denials than they are with developing bundled payments or ACOs, a survey of health system CEOs, CFOs, and payer relations executives shows. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Q&A: MA Lawmaker on Cost Containment

The Massachusetts senator behind the state's new law to rein in healthcare costs details the role providers and payers will play in the effort, and colorfully explains why it includes a provision to monitor whether the reforms will reduce defensive medicine. >>>

Medicaid Expansion Puts Bottom Line on Borrowed Time

Now that the smoke has cleared from the U.S. Supreme Court's June ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, what's the upshot for financial leaders? It appears the only thing healthcare CFOs can count on is that they will have to slash costs, but they are working on borrowed time to develop their new business models. >>>

Q&A: Parkland's Incoming Interim CEO on Problem Solving

Bob Smith, a retired Tenet Healthcare executive, takes the helm at Parkland Health & Hospital System next month, with the goal of helping the Dallas safety net hospital resolve a lengthy list of deficiencies that threaten patient safety and federal funding. >>>

Healthcare Cost Growth Steamrolls CPI

Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices show that per capita cost growth covered by commercial insurance and Medicare programs increased by 5.78% over the 12 months ending June. In the larger economy, inflation rose by 1.7% as measured by the Consumer Price Index. >>>

'Informed Decision' May Irk Surgeons as It Cuts Costs

The notion of an informed shared medical decision made by patients advised by primary care physicians and others could hurt fee-for-service specialists' and hospitals' revenue by reducing volume. But it could greatly improve quality of care and the health of the healthcare dollar. >>>

 

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Sustainable Patient-Centered Excellence: Lessons From Sharp HealthCare

Date: September 5, 2012, 9:00–12:00 p.m. PT

 

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.

 

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News Headlines

Studies question medical rewards for physicians

The Boston Globe, August 21, 2012

Little is clear-cut on HCA's high rates of lucrative heart procedures

Tampa Bay Times, August 21, 2012

Health law gives Medicare fraud fighters new weapons

NPR, August 21, 2012

Few hospitals are part of ACOs, report says

Cincinnati Business Courier, August 21, 2012

Hospitals battle Medicaid rule changes over undocumented immigrants

Tampa Bay Times, August 21, 2012

Aetna to buy Coventry Health for $5.6B

Reuters, August 20, 2012

MD hospitals push for insurers to pay Medicare and Medicaid cost shift

The Washington Post, August 20, 2012

Opinion: A flawed Medi-Cal fix

Los Angeles Times, August 20, 2012

Medicaid fight reinvigorated with political light on healthcare

WBUR, August 17, 2012

CA lawmakers consider low income health program

California Public Radio, August 17, 2012



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Multimedia/Events

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. >>>



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