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Brain and Spine Centers Jockey for Position

Marianne Aiello

Cross-town competitors for Ohio's neuroscience patients may be downplaying their rivalry for market share, but pre-launch marketing tactics may be giving one institution an early edge. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

NCQA Issues First ACO Accreditations

The National Committee of Quality Assurance evaluates accountable care organizations on the basis of 65 elements including whether they have sufficient specialists and primary care providers. >>>

BCBSNC Kicks Off Orthopedic Bundles

New payment models from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina mean patients receive highly coordinated pre-operative care and one fixed-rate bill for 30-days pre- and 90-days post-surgery for knee replacements. >>>

Robotic Surgery Hikes Hysterectomy Costs

The volume and cost of hysterectomy procedures performed by surgical robots are soaring. But infection rates, intraoperative injuries, reoperations, and transfusions are all essentially the same as for traditional laparoscopy. >>>

Revenue Can't Fix Bad Metrics; Only Strategy Can

A declining macro environment suggests that organizations in financial straits are likely to stay there. Rising revenues won't save them—they may need a strategy revamp. >>>

Connected Health Advocate Seeks Wider Audience

The founder of the Center for Connected Health at Partners HealthCare launches a start-up project on the side—a social media-driven online support group with tools for "everyday folks" to be more active. >>>

Business Roundup: HMA Finalizes Deal with Bayfront Health

Hospitals in Florida, Oregon, and New Hampshire have announced deals to partner, collaborate, or merge in recent days. The biggest monetary deal comes from Cardinal Health in Ohio, which intends to acquire AssuraMed for more than $2 billion. >>>

Q&A with WellPoint's Next CEO, Joe Swedish

In an interview, outgoing Trinity Health CEO Joe Swedish discusses the challenges he will take on next month when he becomes head of the nation's second-largest health insurance company. >>>



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Recruiting and Retaining Physicians for the Post-Reform Era

Date: March 22, 2013, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

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News Headlines

Insurer stocks slip over possible Medicare cuts

San Francisco Chronicle / Associated Press, February 20, 2013

CDC: Drug OD deaths climb for 11th straight year

The Washington Post / Associated Press, February 20, 2013

Intensive care MDs: More white coats, fewer piercings preferred

Los Angeles Times, February 20, 2013

States worry about rate shock during shift to new health law

Los Angeles Times, February 19, 2013

Kaiser seen as a model for health care overhaul

The Miami Herald / Sacramento Bee, February 19, 2013

Geography to play larger role in health premiums

The Houston Chronicle / Associated Press, February 19, 2013

Healthcare workers need to explain insurance overhaul, Sebelius says

Chicago Sun-Times, February 15, 2013

Opinion: Afraid to speak up to medical power

The New York Times, February 15, 2013

Report: Fake drugs pose threat to US

The Hill, February 14, 2013

Visiting the doctor, virtually

The New York Times, February 14, 2013



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

Tablets and the Influence of Connective Technology

Demand for devices such as the iPad and smartphone comes from clinicians and is having a powerful impact on healthcare delivery as the next wave of technology surges, but don't shut down your PCs just yet. >>>

 

Embracing Nontraditional Models

 

Conserve Energy to Preserve Margin



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