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  September 24, 2012 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

Patient Non-Compliance a Pricey Problem

Karen Minich-Pourshadi

What can hospital and health systems do to drive out patient non-compliance costs? The answer lies in financial incentives and population health efforts—but don't expect too much too soon, say healthcare CFOs. There's still a great deal of debate over how much influence cost really has on a patient's actions. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

NCQA Offers ACO Accreditation Review

Provider groups that claim to be accountable care organizations now have a way to prove it through an accreditation program offered by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. >>>

Atul Gawande's 80% Healthcare Solution

An article by Atul Gawande, MD, suggests that healthcare should ape a popular restaurant chain's methods of attaining efficiency and quality of service. But the model is missing a crucial element—human flexibility. >>>

MLR Bill Passes House Committee

The bill, which would exclude broker and agent fees and commissions from administrative expense calculations and give states the final say on medical loss ratio waiver requests, may go before the full House next year. >>>

5 Big Ideas from WellPoint's PCMH Pilot

As the health insurer launches its nationwide patient-centered medical home program across its commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid lines of business, a WellPoint executive shares what the company has learned so far. >>>

HCA Investigations No Harm to its Finances

Despite a tough investigative environment for HCA, the financial performance of the nation's largest for-profit hospital operator hasn't weakened because it is "so large and well capitalized," says one analyst. >>>

Two-Way Data Archive Aims to Control Costs

A tool that sits on top of an electronic medical record enables physicians to generate a care plan and give a patient access to it, while securely saving a copy in the patient's medical record. The goal is to ultimately drive patient engagement up and healthcare costs down. >>>

Healthcare Flux Alters Compensation Mix

Even in the face of an uncertain economy, and the challenges and pitfalls of healthcare reform, hospital workers and executives have done relatively well this year with pay raises. >>>

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News Headlines

Romney Medicare plan: Key details still in flux

The Boston Globe / Associated Press, September 24, 2012

Obama Medicare plan: No voucher but maybe a bill

The Boston Globe / Associated Press, September 24, 2012

Prices soar as NC nonprofit hospitals dominate cancer market

The Charlotte Observer, September 24, 2012

IL hospitals protect tax-exempt status in Medicaid legislation

GateHouse News Service / Rockford Register Star, September 24, 2012

Cedars-Sinai and UCLA cut from Los Angeles health plan

Los Angeles Times, September 24, 2012

Hospital officials say finances not a motive behind proposed Parkview takeover

Bangor Daily News, September 24, 2012

Hospitals grab at least $1B in extra fees for ER visits

Center for Public Integrity, September 21, 2012

Hospital operator MedCath filing paperwork to dissolve

The Charlotte Observer, September 21, 2012

Group Health CFO resigns; layoffs on the horizon

Puget Sound Business Journal, September 21, 2012

Let's make a deal: Lessons learned from hospital mergers

Minnesota Public Radio, September 20, 2012



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