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Preventing Hospital Readmissions Presents Financial Paradox

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

Despite valid financial concerns, hospital executives are expressing a growing desire to avoid readmissions for the sake of good patient care—because it's the right thing to do. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Datapalooza: HHS Unveils Medicare Outpatient Costs

Healthcare cost data released by the federal government Monday includes estimates for average hospital charges for 30 types of outpatient procedures. >>>

CA Fines 10 Hospitals $625,000 for Medical Errors

Retained surgical objects, patient falls, and medication errors are the top violations leading to immediate jeopardy penalties issued to hospitals by the California Department of Health Thursday. >>>

Hospitals' Fear of 30-Day Penalties May Speed Hospice Admissions

An exception to federal 30-day mortality measures may incent hospitals to prematurely push patients into hospice care, says one critic, who calls it an unintended consequence of healthcare reform. >>>

Texas Braces for Medicaid Status Quo

By opting not to expand Medicaid, Texas is passing up an estimated $90 billion in federal funds over the coming decade, leaving its healthcare providers, especially hospitals, in a tough financial spot. Rural care facilities are especially vulnerable. >>>

RWJF Launches Hospital Pricing App Challenge

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has launched a competition to develop applications and tools that will enhance and improve the way data comparing hospital prices is used. >>>

Healthcare Payers Face Wellness Conundrum

New federal rules on wellness programs are branded as "incentives," but will do little to rally employer support. >>>

ACO Shared Savings is Top Payer Partnership

The most prevalent arrangement for Medicare ACO contracting is 'shared savings upside,' or what is known within the industry as a one-sided risk model, survey data shows. >>>

Physician Practices Pressured to Review Revenue Cycle Management

Healthcare reform changes and ICD-10 implementation require new strategies to optimize revenue cycle operations in physician practices. >>>



Executive Insight Report

Executive Insight Report: Capital Finance—Industry Consolidation

The second in a series of four Executive Insight Reports from Bank of America Merrill Lynch explains the results of a survey on how leading organizations are approaching mergers, joint ventures, acquisitions, and strategic alliances, as they strive to meet the goals of healthcare reform. Download Today >>>



News Headlines

Obama pitches healthcare exchanges in CA visit

USA Today, June 10, 2013

Opinion: The culprit behind high US healthcare prices

The New York Times, June 10, 2013

Healthcare law's perks, costs draw near

Columbus Dispatch, June 10, 2013

7 states with the highest healthcare costs

The Motley Fool, June 10, 2013

Consumers saved $2.1B on individual coverage under health law

Kaiser Health News, June 7, 2013

New healthcare model cut even more costs in year two

Reuters, June 7, 2013

Sebelius asked companies to support healthcare law

The New York Times, June 5, 2013

The future of getting paid to be healthy

The Atlantic, June 5, 2013

Fewer US families report having difficulty paying medical bills

Kaiser Health News, June 4, 2013

FL hospital takes a step toward price transparency

Time, June 4, 2013



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