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IPAB Repeal Arguments Weak, For Now

Philip Betbeze

Removing Congress from the process of making decisions about Medicare payments might be a way to get some control over the healthcare cost monster. Maybe IPAB is part of the solution. At least we should let it try. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

CMS Posts ED Wait Times, Rankling Some Hospitals

Some hospitals are shown on Hospital Compare to have average patient wait times that hospital leaders say are incorrect—in excess of 24 hours in some instances. >>>

How One Hospital Zapped Infection Rates

Hospital leaders are continuously examining assumptions, processes, and actions that lead to infection, often with modest results. Here's how one hospital made a dramatic reduction in central line-associated bloodstream infections. >>>

SGIM Calls for End to Fee-For-Service

Fee-for-service medicine is a financially unsustainable payment model that should be phased out by the end of the decade, a study commissioned by the Society for General Internal Medicine recommends. >>>

Better Care is the Key to Super-Utilizer Costs

Super-utilizer patients, also known as frequent fliers, create exorbitant costs for hospitals and health systems yet receive care inadequate to their needs. The failure is in project management rather than clinical delivery, says one physician leader. >>>

Inside an ACO-Like Partnership

Independence Blue Cross and Abington Health have partnered under an accountable care payment model which pays physicians and hospitals "substantial sums" above the standard reimbursement rate when they meet quality and medical cost targets. >>>

CMS Extends Scrutiny Over Parkland Hospital

Nearing the end of a two-year corrective action plan, Dallas's troubled safety net hospital says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will conduct its Medicare certification survey later than planned. >>>

Make Hospital Staff Accountable for Patient Experience

Over time, harried clinical caregivers can become desensitized to the patient experience. It's up to healthcare leaders to get them to do better. "This journey is non-negotiable and it's not optional," says one hospital executive. >>>



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Date: March 26, 2013, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

Join Summa Health and ECG Management Consultants on a live webcast to gain the tools you need to build a new compensation model for practicing medicine in the new era of healthcare. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

Hospitals want to delay a key Obamacare program

The Washington Post, March 7, 2013

Push for price transparency in healthcare

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 6, 2013

Panel recommends overhauling US doc payments

The Hill, March 5, 2013

Obama asks health plans to report rising rates

The New York Times, March 4, 2013

Health insurer spends $323K on commuting costs for new CEO

The Washington Post / Associated Press, March 5, 2013

Expert: Hospitals' 'humongous monopoly' drives prices high

Kaiser Health News, March 5, 2013

GAO reports billions in overpayments to private Medicare plans

The Hill, March 5, 2013

Hospitals crack down on tirades by angry docs

Kaiser Health News / The Washington Post, March 6, 2013

MI nurses want minimum staffing levels

Michigan Public Radio / NPR, March 6, 2013

How much should be spent beautifying hospitals?

The Atlantic, March 5, 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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