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Healthcare Spending Exhibits Surprisingly Low Growth

Jacqueline Fellows

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reports a 3.9% rate of healthcare spending growth in 2011. Here's a look at what's behind the lowest rate of growth recorded. >>>

 

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AHA to MedPAC: Raise, Don't Cut Hospital Payments

In a letter to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, the American Hospital Association not only argues against recommended hospital payment cuts, but says an increase in 2014 "is absolutely essential." >>>

Drop in Central-Line Infection Rates Linked to Disinfection Caps

Using a tiny alcohol-impregnated cap on central line hubs has been shown to reduce bloodstream infections by half, a study conducted at three Illinois hospitals finds. >>>

Hospital Revenue Sources Reach Dubious Milestone

As the number of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries overtakes the number of private sector workers, it's clearer than ever that hospitals' revenue growth will continue to be constrained. >>>

Top 10 Quality Issues for 2013

Among hopes for greater efficiency, patient safety, transparency, and overall quality of care, healthcare providers have a lot of work to do this year in advance of reporting deadlines. >>>

Fiscal Cliff Stopgap Delays 'Doc Fix,' but Hits Hospitals

Hospitals are the big losers in the taxpayer relief legislation passed by Congress while physicians dodged a cut to the sustainable growth rate formula for another year. >>>

HL20: Gerilynn Sevenikar—Helping Patients Navigate the High Cost of Care

In our annual HealthLeaders 20 feature, we profile individuals who are changing healthcare for the better. This is the story of Gerilynn Sevenikar, who has found ways to help the self-pay patient population gain federal or state funding, and opened the door for Sharp HealthCare System to obtain millions of dollars in payments. >>>



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Optimize the Nurse Skill Set—Lower Labor Costs and Raise Quality

Date: January 24, 2013, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services develops new programs and tools as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, healthcare providers must focus on the care continuum model. Join Glide Health Services and Huron Healthcare as they share their tools for managing nurse labor costs.

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News Headlines

Medicare spends $1B on mammograms

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, January 9, 2013

Cuomo plans new rules in fight against sepsis

The New York Times, January 9, 2013

Most Medicare docs set to face performance penalties

The Hill, January 9, 2013

Unusual respite from surging healthcare costs

Houston Chronicle / Associated Press, January 8, 2013

Analysis: Obama may turn Medicare reform into wider health debate

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, January 7, 2013

Health insurers raising some rates by double digits

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / The New York Times, January 7, 2013

Fiscal bill extends a Medicare lifeline to small, rural hospitals

The Washington Post / Kaiser Health News, January 7, 2013

Blue Cross overhaul back on MI legislative burner

Detroit Free Press / Associated Press, January 7, 2013

Officials hurry to set up CA health benefit exchange

Ventura County Star, January 7, 2013

UT and 6 others win OK to run state insurance markets

Kaiser Health News, January 4, 2013



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Date: March 19, 2013, 12:00-3:00 p.m. ET

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From HealthLeaders Magazine

 

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. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>

 

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