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Cost Control Lies in Optimizing Use of Services

Philip Betbeze

Focusing on reducing utilization of lab tests and other expensive healthcare services may hurt you now, but it prepares your organization for a financial future based on outcomes. >>>

 

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Medicare, Hospitals at Odds Over Payment for Sicker Patients

While hospitals are managing Medicare patients with rising rates of chronic disease, the federal government "doesn't want to pay more for the rising severity that has been uncovered by their new, more accurate payment system," says an analyst with the American Hospital Association. >>>

How ACOs Are Slowing Healthcare Costs

This year's historically low rate of growth in health insurance premium costs—just 4%—is attributable to the spread of the Accountable Care Organization model and proof that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is working, says the Commonwealth Fund. >>>

Higher Readmission Penalties Linked to Low HCAHPS Scores

Hospitals that score the lowest on Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems surveys are most likely to be penalized the maximum 1% of their Medicare DRG payments, analysis finds. >>>

IHI: Time to Get Serious About Healthcare Quality, Costs

Keynote speakers at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's national conference urged healthcare leaders to crack the code on raising healthcare quality and reducing costs. Don Berwick, MD, did not mince words about where he thinks many of the improvements should come from. >>>

Hospital Medicare Funds Get Bipartisan Push

Funding for 212 Medicare-dependent hospitals and about 650 low-volume hospitals expired when the new federal budget year began on October 1. But hope remains, in the form of a bill cosponsored by 26 Senators from both parties. >>>

Healthcare's Senior Leadership Pay Continues to Rise

Across hospital and health system C-suites, compensation packages for senior executives continue to rise, though changes to incentive structures may be influencing the size of the increases. >>>



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News Headlines

A shift in how healthcare is paid for

Los Angeles Times, December 14, 2012

Only 15 states to operate own health exchanges

Insurance Journal / Reuters, December 14, 2012

Jackson Health chair: UM relationship caused 'irreparable harm'

The Miami Herald, December 14, 2012

11 GOP governors want to talk healthcare with Obama

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, December 13, 2012

IHI calls for changes to make health law succeed

The Boston Globe, December 13, 2012

Medicare silver bullets: What's the best way to control costs?

Kaiser Health News, December 13, 2012

Hospitals outsource more revenue cycle operations

InformationWeek, December 13, 2012

LifeCare files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection

The Seattle Times / Associated Press, December 12, 2012

How much compensation is too much compensation?

Lancaster Online, December 11, 2012

Insurers join former adversaries to publicize overhaul of health law

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / Bloomberg News, December 10, 2012



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20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2012

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make healthcare better. >>>

 

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