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In Healthcare Reform Fight, Sebelius is Latest Target

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act won't come easily, if it comes at all. Now lawmakers are focused on whether Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius improperly solicited assistance from the healthcare industry to help implement the unpopular law. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Hospitals Profit On Bloodstream Infections

Hospitals can reap a windfall when an insured patient has a preventable infection, and private health plans—not Medicare—foot the largest bills. Why aren't these payers doing more to help hospitals prevent infections? >>>

Hospitals Thinking Beyond 30-Day Readmissions

Operating under the assumption that the government is moving toward enacting reimbursement penalties for all-cause readmissions, some hospitals and readmission prevention experts are already developing corresponding strategies. >>>

3 Reasons Urinary Catheters are Overused in Hospitals

Three cultural habits within hospitals, including "general disinterest" among staff, can hinder catheter-associated urinary tract infection prevention efforts, researchers find. >>>

HMA Chief to Step Down as Glenview Denies Takeover Bid

In the latest twist for Health Management Associates, the for-profit hospital operator's CEO, Gary D. Newsome, announces he will retire in July. Last week HMA moved to block a takeover bid by filing a shareholders' rights plan. >>>

When 'Mean Girls' Wear Scrubs

For many nurses, leaving high school doesn't mean leaving the bullies behind. Bullying has been called nursing's "dirty little secret," but judging by the numbers, it's hard to believe it could be kept secret at all. >>>

Keys to Managing Transitions of Care

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System's focus on care transitions for its elderly and heart failure patient population has continually resulted in good readmission scores. Other hospital leaders could do the same, but the process has taken years and attention to detail. >>>

Healthcare Costs Hit Record High, But Growth Rate Slows

The 2013 Milliman Medical Index pegs the annual cost of PPO coverage at 6.3% higher than last year. Physician and other professional services account for one third of annual healthcare spending. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Reshaping the Cardio Service Line for Population Health and Reform Challenges

Three out of four healthcare leaders report positive margin from cardio. This Premium report explores how best to evolve cardio service lines to support prevention, expand offerings, and maintain healthy margins. Purchase Today >>>



News Headlines

Medicare spending variations mostly due to health differences

Kaiser Health News, May 29, 2013

Opinion: Obamacare's original sin

Bloomberg, May 29, 2013

Practice of billing Medicare to fix droopy lids raises eyebrows

News & Observer, May 29, 2013

Health law critics seek to gut it by attacking exchanges

Bloomberg, May 28, 2013

Obamacare unveiled as CA, NY lead US

Bloomberg, May 28, 2013

High-deductible health plans scale back to avoid 'Cadillac tax'

The New York Times, May 28, 2013

Immigrant healthcare bills stump House group

Los Angeles Times, May 24, 2013

Some unions now angry about healthcare overhaul

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, May 24, 2013

CA picks 13 health plans for state-run insurance market

Los Angeles Times, May 24, 2013

Insurance premiums after ACA kicks in remain a mystery

NJ Spotlight, May 24, 2013



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Building Better Boards

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