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Most States Shun Fed HIE Partnerships, But Seek Accommodations

Jacqueline Fellows

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. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

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. >>>

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. >>>

'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. >>>

Coding Issues Land Life-Saving Doc Behind Bars

An Illinois physician, convicted of making false statements in connection with surgical codes, is serving a 10-month prison term. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons says the federal case against him is having a "chilling effect" on doctors nationwide. >>>

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. >>>



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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

5 ways to improve HIEs

InformationWeek, February 20, 2013

States worry about rate shock during shift to new health law

Los Angeles Times, February 19, 2013

Geography to play larger role in health premiums

The Houston Chronicle / Associated Press, February 19, 2013

GOP senators reintroduce bill to repeal IPAB

The Hill, February 15, 2013

US official touts health insurance markets, lawmakers leery

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, February 15, 2013

MedPAC chief warns of Medicare payment crisis

The Hill, February 15, 2013

Healthcare workers need to explain insurance overhaul, Sebelius says

Chicago Sun-Times, February 15, 2013

EMRs probed for over-billing

The Center For Public Integrity, February 15, 2013

After 7 years, will Medicare finally have a leader?

The Washington Post, 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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