As unlikely as it may have seemed in the early planning stages of health insurance exchanges, a federally run exchange is what most states will use. States may change their exchange model at any time, but many will seek accommodations first. >>>
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. >>>
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. >>>
For the third consecutive year, healthcare leaders view the industry as being on the wrong track, according to the 2013 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey. A possible solution is value-based purchasing—64% consider it their organization's greatest opportunity. >>>
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. >>>
The countdown toward higher federal penalties for hospitals with high readmission rates is on. That explains a heightened push by providers to impress upon patients their responsibilities to take care of themselves after being discharged. >>>
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. >>>
In nursing, as in football, teamwork matters. Safety huddles at the start of a shift allow nurses to strategize as a team before executing patient care. One hospital that's adopted the practice has already scored a national quality award. >>>
Date: March 22, 2013, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Metro Health System and the National Association of Physician Recruiters share benchmark data and best practices to create the "right fit" for your organization when it comes to physician recruiting in the post-reform era.
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