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CT Readies its HIX for Small Business

Jacqueline Fellows

The CEO of Connecticut's state-based health insurance exchange says the strategic decision to outsource some of the work stems from his belief that "value rests more in marketing and outreach relations with health plan and product designs than it does with operational issues. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Hospitals Crack Down on ED Repeat Users

With renewed urgency, hospitals, healthcare leaders, and insurers are initiating strategies to curtail what is a growing problem: the use of emergency department services by patients who return time and again. >>>

Diagnostic Errors Common, Costly, and Harmful

Wrong site surgeries and medication mishaps get more attention, but diagnostic errors are a larger, deadlier, and costlier problem, for patients and healthcare providers, Johns Hopkins researchers say. >>>

Managing Physicians May Be Impossible

If physicians can't be managed, we're all in for trouble, because healthcare is bankrupting us. Everyone needs to be managed, whether they're the President of the United States or a country doctor. >>>

Q&A: Kaiser Permanente's CIO on Technology's Role in Redefining Healthcare

Philip Fasano, CIO and executive vice president of Kaiser Permanente, discusses the rise of consumerism and what it means to providers, why cloud computing isn't quite ready for the demands of healthcare, and the current state of data security. >>>

Consumer Reports Expands Hospital Ratings List

Almost two-thirds of the nation's 258 teaching hospitals that report enough data to calculate a safety score ranked below average, the director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center says. >>>

How 4 Health Systems Rein in Supply Costs

Collectively, four Ohio-based health systems report that they have saved nearly $700,000 in the roughly four months since launching a purchasing collaborative, including $250,000 on physician preference items. >>>

Outpatient Growth Must Keep Pace with Population

Two out of three health system leaders say their top strategy for fueling financial growth is expansion of outpatient services. The trick is "to grow at the same market share with the [population] growth," says one senior executive. Market share increase is likely to be incremental—but even a small increase means a large raw number. >>>



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News Headlines

Senate panel backs Obama nominee for Medicare chief

Reuters, April 24, 2013

Racing to spread word about new health plans

The New York Times, April 24, 2013

Slowdown in healthcare spending linked to weaker U.S. economy

California Healthline, April 24, 2013

S&P sees pension funding burden on U.S. nonprofit healthcare

Reuters, April 23, 2013

Should Medicare pay hospitals for leaving patients satisfied?

The Washington Post, April 23, 2013

New healthcare law tax surprise

NBC Bay Area, April 22, 2013

Inside India's 'no-frills' hospitals, where heart surgery costs just $800

Business Insider / Agence France Presse, April 22, 2013

26M will be eligible for 'game changer' ObamaCare subsidies

The Hill, April 19, 2013

NYC to seek new provider for $6 billion healthcare program

Bloomberg, April 19, 2013

Co-author of Obama healthcare law sees 'huge train wreck' in implementation

The Washington Post, April 18, 2013



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

Grounding the Frequent Fliers

Strategies to curtail the unnecessary use of the emergency department involve efforts that rely on data, care management, and patient involvement. >>>

 

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