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

What is Fair Payment for Outpatient Care?

René Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

A senior finance executive explains how he hopes to help minimize the "natural conflict that exists between the forward-looking technology companies and process innovators and the retroactive-looking team at CMS." >>>

 

Editor's Picks

IOM: Geographic Value Index Won't Fix Variation

A geographic value index "would reward low-value providers in high-value regions and punish high-value providers in low-value regions," says a report by the Institute of Medicine. >>>

Hospitals Rethink the Service Line

While general surgery, cardiovascular care, and orthopedics still head the list of service lines with strong positive margins, more areas of specialization are popping up and providers of all sizes are reviewing their service lines. >>>

10 Technologies Hospital Leaders Should be Watching

In its annual list, the ECRI Institute identifies 10 health information technologies it says bear consideration by healthcare leaders—with caveats. Among them are full-scale angiography systems, PET/MR scanners, and lung cancer screenings. >>>

AHIP: Hospital Inpatient Pricing Up Sharply

Unadjusted hospital prices per admission rose by an average annual growth rate of 8.2% between 2008 and 2010, a study from America's Health Insurance Plans shows. But hospital groups counter that premium rates for private insurers have risen faster than underlying healthcare costs. >>>

Cutting Anesthesia Costs Starts with a Battle

Anesthesiologists on the whole contend that all-physician anesthesia means better-quality care. But it's time to consider adding CRNAs to the mix to cut costs without compromising patient safety, many advocates say. >>>

Berwick: Quest Program Results 'A Breakthrough'

Premier Healthcare Alliance's data- and practice-sharing project, Quest, has saved 92,000 lives and $9.1 billion since 2007 through significant reductions in cost, mortality, and infections, the group says. >>>

The Cardio Service Line, Rebooted

The tactics for caring for cardiology patients are changing. Care partners, often practicing in the community and not in the hospital, are playing pivotal roles in expanding the patient referral base in new ways. >>>



LIVE Webcast

Webcast: Physician Compensation Under Population-Based Reimbursement

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

Universal Health Care's woes raise question for policyholders

The Tampa Tribune, March 25, 2013

State budget leaves troubled NY hospital still looking for help

New York Daily News, March 25, 2013

Private equity funds rapid growth of walk-in clinics

Yahoo News/ Reuters, March 22, 2013

The face of future healthcare

The New York Times, March 22, 2013

Will Obamacare math add up in AR?

The Washington Post, March 21, 2013

Some states balk at enforcing health law's insurance protections

The Austin American-Statesman, March 21, 2013

SUNY orders LICH closure again in court

DNAinfo.com, March 20, 2013

What hospitals charge the uninsured

The New York Times, March 19, 2013

U.S. drug costs dropped in 2012, but rises loom

The New York Times, March 19, 2013

Opinion: Why are healthcare costs exploding? See proton cancer therapy

Xconomy, March 19, 2013



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Rethinking the Service Line

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The Rush and Resistance to Tech

 

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