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Insurers Doubt Fed's HIX Readiness

Jacqueline Fellows

Health plans are getting ready to participate in health insurance exchanges. But 70% of healthcare executives say they're concerned over whether the exchanges will be ready to roll by the 2014 deadline. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Don't Blame Hospitals for All Diagnostic Errors

Primary care providers are the cause of "at least 50,000 missed diagnostic opportunities" annually, "most resulting in considerable harm," say physicians commenting on new research. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

Intubation in ICU Linked to PTSD

In a small study, symptoms commonly associated with post-traumatic stress disorder have been shown to affect more than one-third of patients treated with mechanical ventilation for acute respiratory illness. >>>



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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

NJ Governor backs Medicaid expansion

The Hill, February 27, 2013

Coordinated healthcare could save CA $110B

Los Angeles Times, February 27, 2013

Highmark: We need contract with UPMC

Tribune-Review, February 27, 2013

3 Hill panels examining changes to Medicare

Kaiser Health News, February 26, 2013

Aetna consolidates health IT assets

InformationWeek, February 26, 2013

Healthcare braces for sequester

The Hill, February 25, 2013

Health insurance premium increases drop since 2009

Newsday, February 25, 2013

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

The Washington Post, February 22, 2013

Govs to hear OR healthcare plan

The Boston Globe / Associated Press, February 22, 2013

Robot docs will even make health insurance less painful

The Atlantic, February 22, 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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