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Health Alliance Plan Takes Aim at Cancer, Costs

Margaret Dick Tocknell

A subsidiary of Detroit's Henry Ford Health System is experimenting with payment models and an evidence-based clinical pathways program for the treatment of cancers. The goals are to improve treatment quality and lower the costs of oncology care. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Comparative Effectiveness Research Not Aligned with Financial Incentives

Payment incentives so great that they can "sway decision-making at the point of care," are slowing the adoption of comparative effectiveness research by physicians and patients, a RAND researcher says. >>>

OIG to Investigate Hospital Payments in 2013

Federal health investigators say they are launching 112 new investigations as part of their 2013 work plan, including 25 projects that examine Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services payment policies to hospitals. >>>

ACEP: Frequent ED Users Need Coordinated Care

High repeat users of emergency department services cannot easily be redirected to less expensive care, so managing these patients better is "a community resource issue," says the president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. >>>

Hospitals Overspending on Blood Transfusions

By employing best practices in transfusion medicine, hospitals could save "about $1.06 million per hospital per year" without changing patient outcomes, an economic report says. >>>

How CBOs May Help Shrink Readmissions

Under a program outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, community-based organizations stand to receive federal funds to do in outpatient settings certain tasks that hospitals don't and can't—to help patients self-manage their care for 30 days post-discharge. >>>

Physician Groups Warming Up to HIEs

Two reports show health information exchanges gaining ground among doctors as barriers—lack of interoperability, lack of information exchange infrastructure, and cost concerns—fall away. More than half of hospital-owned physician groups surveyed say they plan to join a state, hospital, or regional HIE. >>>



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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

Kaiser joins hospitals promising healthier food for patients, staff

The Los Angeles Times, October 10, 2012

Americans seeing their doctors less often

Rapid City Journal, October 10, 2012

As healthcare companies expand, promised cost savings in doubt

Tampa Bay Times, October 10, 2012

Is emergency room care actually a great deal?

The Washington Post, October 10, 2012

As US clamps down on data access, work on hospital safety may slow

The New York Times, October 9, 2012

With $4.9B deal, UnitedHealth to expand into Brazil

The Los Angeles Times, October 9, 2012

Highmark, WPAHS dealings complicated by bankruptcy scenario

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 9, 2012

When implanted medical devices go wrong, who pays?

Reuters, October 9, 2012

NC Attorney General eyes 'artificial' hospital pricing

The Charlotte Observer, October 8, 2012

Florida's Medicaid program in limbo

Sarasota Herald Tribune / Associated Press, October 8, 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.

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