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Healthcare vs. Processed Food Industry

John Commins

It's time for a food fight. In one corner, we have physicians advocating for health and wellness. In the other we have the processed food industry, which, borrowing tactics used by Big Tobacco, puts corporate profits above the public good. >>>

 

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. >>>

ACHE Congress: Change and Caution Abundant

The focus at the American College of Healthcare Executives' 2013 Congress on Healthcare Leadership is on mergers, acquisitions, partnerships, and other moves to prepare for a changing present and uncertain future. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

Moody's, S&P: For-Profit Hospitals' Outlook Stable

While mandated 2% sequestration cuts to Medicare remain a wild card, expanded health insurance coverage in 2014 is expected to spark modest growth in the for-profit hospital sector. >>>



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

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

News & Observer, March 13, 2013

Hospital privatization could impact thousands of LA employees

The Advocate, March 13, 2013

North Kansas City denies any plan to sell hospital to HCA

Kansas City Business Journal / The Business Journals, March 13, 2013

Alleged misdeeds haunt CA hospital chain poised to buy NJ hospitals

NJ.com, March 11, 2013

More training, bigger roles for nurse practitioners

News & Observer, March 11, 2013

Nurse staffing bill faces roadblock in the MN House

Minnesota Public Radio, March 11, 2013

Home care, telemedicine cut health costs

South Florida Sun-Sentinel, March 11, 2013

Opinion: The high costs of Medicare's low prices

The Washington Post, March 11, 2013

Construction that focuses on health of community

The New York Times, March 7, 2013

Behind a cancer-treatment firm's rosy survival claims

Reuters, March 7, 2013



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