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3 Cost-Cutting Strategies Insurers Can Learn from Employers

Jacqueline Fellows

Only 26% of employers are "very confident" their company will provide health benefits in 10 years and top-performing employers are already taking big steps toward reducing costs. Wise insurers will pay close attention. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Hospitals Fight MedPAC Rate Plan

Under one Medicare Payment Advisory Commission proposal, Medicare might pay hospitals the same rate it now pays for services in a physician's office. Several options are on the table, but under all scenarios, federal payments to hospitals would drop dramatically. >>>

Bundled Payments Come to Cancer Care

Bundling is one of the new payment models being scrutinized as a way to get a handle on skyrocketing service line costs. Here’s how it works in oncology programs. >>>

Diabetes Costs Hit $245B in 2012

More than half (62.4%) of the cost of diabetes care is provided by Medicare, Medicaid, and other government payers; 34.4% is paid for by commercial plans; 3.2% is paid for by the uninsured. >>>

HIMSS Review: Technology Priorities and Realities

The 2013 HIMSS conference featured technology solutions to transform existing healthcare providers into ACOs. But is the technology cart leading the horse? Security concerns may be getting bigger, and interoperability remains a distant goal. >>>

Colonoscopy 'Potentially Inappropriate' for 30% of Seniors

Some providers are overusing colonoscopy for screening purposes in older adults, based on age-based screening guidelines. Research shows wide regional variations in the practice. >>>

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. >>>

Healthcare Hiring Strong Despite Looming Sequester Cuts

Any healthcare job losses that do come as a result of sequestration will be "disproportionately low" in relation to other industry sectors says, one economist. >>>



LIVE Webcast

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. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

MO House endorses healthcare conscience measure

St. Louis Post-Dispatch / Associated Press, March 13, 2013

NC lawmakers: Surgery centers would provide alternative to high hospital bills

News & Observer, March 13, 2013

Uninsured Americans get hit with biggest hospital bills

Businessweek / Bloomberg News, March 12, 2013

Patients balk at considering cost in medical decision-making

The Washington Post, March 12, 2013

Opinion: MD health insurers' 'fail first' policies jeopardize patient health

The Baltimore Sun, March 12, 2013

Alleged misdeeds haunt CA hospital chain poised to buy NJ hospitals

NJ.com, March 11, 2013

Opinion: The high costs of Medicare's low prices

The Washington Post, March 11, 2013

Most large employers to keep health insurance benefit

The Baltimore Sun, March 8, 2013

Battling fraud charges, FL hospital repays millions to Medicare

Orlando Sentinel, March 8, 2013

How AZ reconciled government-run healthcare with its conservative ethos

The Atlantic, March 8, 2013



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