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  February 25, 2013 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

HIT's Rising Cost and Dubious ROI

Edward Prewitt

Healthcare IT is expensive. Our latest Intelligence Report reveals that it's becoming an ever bigger drain on hospital and health system bottom lines. ROI will be hard to find, despite the fervent hopes of healthcare executives. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Healthcare Imaging Strategies Not Exactly a Snap

Most healthcare providers are just in the early stages of forming a vendor-neutral enterprise imaging strategy that will handle everything from radiology DICOM images to photos, pathology slides, and ophthalmology images. >>>

6 States to Receive $250M in Innovation Model Funding

The Department of Health & Human Services innovation grants aim to enable states to test multi-payer payment models and reduce healthcare costs. >>>

Early Elective Delivery Still a Costly Health Risk

Reducing the number of early elective deliveries to target rates could save an estimated $1 billion in healthcare costs annually, says Leapfrog Group president Leah Binder. >>>

CMS Waiver Answers Safety Net's $64M Question

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. >>>

Looming Sequestration Cuts Put Rural Providers on Edge

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. >>>

Weight Loss Surgery Doesn't Cut Health Costs

Bariatric surgery patients have lower costs for medication and physician's office visits up to six years later, but those savings are offset by more hospitalizations and hospital costs, health economists say. >>>

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. >>>



LIVE Webcast

Recruiting and Retaining Physicians for the Post-Reform Era

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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News Headlines

Healthcare braces for sequester

The Hill, February 25, 2013

Simpson-Bowles healthcare plan offers $600B in cuts, few specifics

The Christian Science Monitor / Reuters, February 25, 2013

Health insurance premium increases drop since 2009

Newsday, February 25, 2013

Opinion: Overcoming obstacles to better healthcare

The New York Times, February 25, 2013

Bitter pill: Why medical bills are killing us

Time, February 22, 2013

Getting patients to think about costs

The New York Times, February 22, 2013

A digital shift on health data swells profits in an industry

The New York Times, February 21, 2013

Insurer stocks slip over possible Medicare cuts

San Francisco Chronicle / Associated Press, February 20, 2013

States worry about rate shock during shift to new health law

Los Angeles Times, February 19, 2013

NJ hospitals pioneer cost-cutting model

Asbury Park Press / Associated Press, 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

 

Conserve Energy to Preserve Margin



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