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

Small Health Plans Sharpen Their IT Strategies

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Some health plans with fewer than one million covered lives are just as focused as the big guys on provider connectivity, data and system interoperability, and consumer engagement. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

MGMA: Payment Uncertainty Dampens Physician Spending

At the Medical Group Management Association conference in Texas, one concern is common—the "fiscal instability" created by what officials call a "decade" of Congressional reprieves from sustainable growth rate formula cuts. >>>

SGR Repeal Plea Backed by 110 Physician Groups

In a letter to the Senate Finance Committee, scores of physician groups plead for repeal of the sustainable growth rate formula, which would cut doctors' Medicare pay by 27%. >>>

OIG Issues EHR Fraud Survey

Hospitals that have attained meaningful use status have only a few days to respond to an Office of Inspector General survey probing their electronic health record system data entry habits, security practices, and more. >>>

Healthgrades Revs its Hospital Scoring System

With a revamped quality ranking system, Healthgrades takes its place among other groups scoring hospital safety and quality of care: Leapfrog Group, Consumer Reports, U.S. News & World Report, Truven, and Hospital Compare. >>>

What Scares Healthcare CIOs

In the spirit of Halloween, healthcare technology leaders open up on what scares them: federal demands, the pace of change, liability, security breaches, specific technologies, and—the most unreliable factor of all—people. >>>

Health Courts Would Curb 'Staggering Waste,' Attorney Says

A Washington attorney argues for the creation of administrative health courts as "the only way you get rid of defensive medicine." Written rulings by judges would curb the cost of malpractice litigation, he says. >>>



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News Headlines

Hospitals charging fees for facility use

The Columbus Dispatch, October 24, 2012

Exeter Hospital on 'Termination Track'

HealthLeaders Media, October 23, 2012

Settlement eases rules for some Medicare patients

The New York Times, October 23, 2012

Health costs: How the US compares with other countries

The PBS NewsHour, October 23, 2012

Could one word 'make or break' the healthcare law?

The Washington Post, October 23, 2012

Questions for Medicare in meningitis outbreak

The Boston Globe / Associated Press, October 23, 2012

Cleveland Clinic patients frustrated by medical bills

The Cleveland Plain Dealer, October 22, 2012

Lawsuits by NC hospital chain drop sharply

The Charlotte Observer, October 22, 2012

Soap, Swabs Slash Infection Rates by 44%

HealthLeaders Media, October 19, 2012

Medical Harm Complaints Could be Data Goldmine

HealthLeaders Media, October 18, 2012



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

 

Placing Your Bets

Value-based care is here and standing pat is not a viable option. Yet healthcare leaders face substantial risks for generations to come as they develop new businesses and clinical relationships to gain tighter control of the care continuum. >>>

 

Opportunities in the Cloud

 

Taking Charge of the Physician Shortage



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