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Looming Sequestration Cuts Put Rural Providers on Edge

John Commins

With 40% of rural facilities already operating at a loss, a 2% cut about to be triggered by unchecked legislation "is incredibly challenging," says an official at the National Rural Health Association's Rural Health Policy Institute. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Most States Shun Fed HIE Partnerships, But Seek Accommodations

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. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

Can VBP Put Healthcare on Right Track?

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. >>>

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. >>>

'Readmissions Week' Recap

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. >>>

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. >>>

Why Nursing Should Be More Like Football

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. >>>



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

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News Headlines

Supreme Court gives FTC a win on hospital mergers

The New York Times, February 20, 2013

CDC: Drug OD deaths climb for 11th straight year

The Washington Post / Associated Press, February 20, 2013

Doctors-in-training face licensing delays in IL

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 20, 2013

Kaiser seen as a model for health care overhaul

The Miami Herald / Sacramento Bee, February 19, 2013

Hospitals team to find beds for psych patients

The Baltimore Sun, February 19, 2013

Geography to play larger role in health premiums

The Houston Chronicle / Associated Press, February 19, 2013

NJ hospitals pioneer cost-cutting model

Asbury Park Press / Associated Press, February 19, 2013

MedPAC chief warns of Medicare payment crisis

The Hill, February 15, 2013

Jackson Health System dismisses trauma petition

The Miami Herald, February 15, 2013

CA health chief looks within for solution to rising health costs

Kaiser Health News, 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

 

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