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  February 22, 2013 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

CMS Waiver Answers Safety Net's $64M Question

Philip Betbeze

Hospitals whose local governments subsidize treatment of the uninsured, and whose states have declined to create their own insurance exchanges, should look into the Medicaid waiver granted to Cleveland's MetroHealth through a CMS demonstration project. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Hospital Mergers Unlikely to be Affected by Antitrust Ruling

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that makes it harder for local hospital authorities to claim immunity from federal antitrust laws will likely have little practical effect on most deals that would merge hospitals. >>>

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. >>>

Robots, Weight Loss Surgery, and a Twisted Tale Out of Baltimore

A cluster of research findings on surgical quality and costs and a disturbing story about a Maryland gynecologist round out this week's news. >>>

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. >>>

Most States Shun Fed HIE Partnerships

As unlikely as it may have seemed in the early planning stages of health insurance exchanges, most states have opted for federally run exchanges. A few will go it alone. But only seven states have chosen to partner with the government. >>>

Sloppy EHR Data Signals Need for Standards

Analysts are uncovering problems with the accuracy and quality of clinical documentation generated by physicians working with electronic health records. Now experts are calling for standards of practice. >>>



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News Headlines

Obamacare is winning

The Washington Post, February 22, 2013

Q&A: Marilyn Tavenner, Obama's pick to head Medicare

The Washington Post, February 22, 2013

Bitter pill: Why medical bills are killing us

Time, February 22, 2013

Summa, Catholic Health Partners to partner

The Plain Dealer, February 22, 2013

US issues final word on essential benefits

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, February 21, 2013

A digital shift on health data swells profits in an industry

The New York Times, February 21, 2013

Supreme Court gives FTC a win on hospital mergers

The New York Times, February 20, 2013

Administration revives wage, overtime fight for home-care workers

The Hill, 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



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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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