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  September 28, 2012 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

Medical Home is About Patients First

Philip Betbeze

Medical home certification is a designation that leads to reimbursement incentives and organizational benefits. But too little time is spent on managing patients' perceptions and expectations. It's up to providers to explain why this new way of interacting with physicians is preferable. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

6 in 10 Physicians Would Quit Today

Downbeat survey results show widespread discontent among doctors, who are are choosing to work less and see fewer patients. If the trend continues, it is expected to amount to 44,250 full-time equivalents lost from the physician workforce over the next four years. >>>

Health Insurers Betting on Urgent Care Centers

As insurers seek ways to control the price point at the entry level of the healthcare system, health plans such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Pittsburgh are turning to developing urgent care center networks. >>>

Personalized Cancer Treatments Approach Tipping Point

Significant cost reductions for genome sequencing are bringing personalized medicine into better focus. But payers are lagging and providers may struggle to build up the necessary infrastructure before it becomes the standard of care. >>>

Rounds: Will Health Systems Do Anything About Health?

Hospital and health system financial executives recognize that the strategic choice facing their organizations is whether they will evolve their focus from sick care to health care. Many are looking to the example set by Kaiser Permanente. >>>

1 in 3 Providers Avoid Flu Shots as Stakes Rise

Federal pay-for-reporting rules will require hospitals to submit influenza vaccination rates next year. The goal is to immunize 90% healthcare workers, but many hospitals and health systems are in danger of falling short. >>>

Healthcare IT Leadership Requires a Thick Skin

Contrast the bright, shiny promises of healthcare IT vendors with the brutal, unforgiving punishment of making wrong choices in IT program selection, training, budgeting, and deployment. The CIO job may feel a bit like running the gauntlet. >>>

 

 

LIVE Webcast

Reboot for ICD-10—Lessons from UnitedHealth Group

Date: Oct. 22, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

 

With the implementation deadline confirmed, the transition to ICD-10 shifts into high gear. Now providers and payers must prepare quickly. Learn from UnitedHealth Group and other coding experts how to assess your organization's existing structure, create a transition process, and move toward compliance while meeting risk and cost constraints.

 

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News Headlines

Hospital observation units could save billions in health costs

U.S.News & World Report, September 28, 2012

Opinion: Modest payment redistribution means quality program is working

Health Affairs, September 28, 2012

Opinion: Access to healthcare beginning to look like airline travel

Kaiser Health News, September 28, 2012

Medicare-Dependent Hospital Payments to Expire Oct. 1

HealthLeaders Media, September 27, 2012

Health law will be implemented, most say in poll

The Washington Post / Associated Press, September 27, 2012

Ex-NY hospital CEO charged with taking vendor kickbacks

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, September 27, 2012

CBO Scoring Shortchanges Preventive Healthcare Spending

HealthLeaders Media, September 26, 2012

Hospitals: Feds share billing blame

Politico, September 26, 2012

AR gov changes course on healthcare

Miami Herald / Associated Press, September 26, 2012

Consumer Reports Names Top-Ranked Health Plans

HealthLeaders Media, September 25, 2012


Patient Non-Compliance a Pricey Problem

HealthLeaders Media, September 24, 2012



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Rounds: Kaiser Permanente's Model for Total Health

Date: Oct. 16, 2012, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (ET)

Kaiser Permanente leaders explore how they successfully leverage information technology, social media, and community-based health programs to empower people to improve their own health. Get real-world solutions, including how to use web tools and social media to create effective linkages between physicians and members; create community outreach programs; and understand the higher role of HIT in coordinating care.

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