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Financial Forecast Follies

Edward Prewitt

Healthcare executives are overwhelmingly concerned about reduced reimbursements in 2013. Nine out of ten say it's the top threat to their organizations. It remains to be seen how the shortfall will be made up. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

RAND Walks Back HIT Savings Estimates

Expectations about the safety and efficiency of healthcare information technology have not been met, in part because of "the failure of many providers to make the process changes needed to realize the potential," a researcher says. >>>

Healthcare Spending Exhibits Surprisingly Low Growth

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. >>>

Medicare ACOs Add 106

With the launch of 106 Medicare Accountable Care Organizations January 1st, the latest tally of the coordinated care program shows that more than 250 ACOs have been formed in almost every state. >>>

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." >>>

3 Big Rural, Community Healthcare Challenges

It's easy to forget that rural and community-based healthcare providers have other major challenges that are not directly tied to the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. >>>

HL20: Lori Swanson—Taking a Stand on Bill Collection Efforts

In our annual HealthLeaders 20 feature, we profile individuals who are changing healthcare for the better. This is the story of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson. Her work on a case against a large revenue cycle management and debt collection firm resulted in a financial settlement and a ban against the company doing business in the state for at least two years. >>>



Intelligence Report

2013 Industry Survey

One in three healthcare executives thinks the industry is on the right track—an improvement over previous years, but a clear sign that dissatisfaction remains widespread. An independent HealthLeaders Media survey produced with support from Conifer Health Solutions.
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News Headlines

21 states take aim at MA hospitals' Medicare windfall

The Boston Globe, January 14, 2013

NY ties docs' income to quality of care

The New York Times, January 14, 2013

Opinion: Finding an economic model for high-tech, efficient healthcare

Los Angeles Times, January 14, 2013

US could save $2T on health costs

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, January 11, 2013

Medicare doesn't think its own cost controls will work

The Washington Post, January 11, 2013

FL agency drops cost of healthcare overhaul

Bloomberg Businessweek / Associated Press, January 11, 2013

UnitedHealth: Changes to govt. healthcare could save on costs

Minnesota Public Radio, January 10, 2013

Regional analysis: which hospitals got rewards, penalties based on quality

Kaiser Health News, January 10, 2013

Tucked away in cliff deal, millions for 2 small hospitals

Vermont Public Radio / NPR, January 10, 2013

Medicare spends $1B on mammograms

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, January 9, 2013



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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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