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Physician Integration Failures Are Avoidable

Philip Betbeze

Integrating physicians under one management umbrella can be a huge challenge. It's not the acquiring that's hard. It's the integrating. Lack of a cohesive practice strategy is often the culprit. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Observation Status Costly for Hospitals

Hospitals take a financial hit when patients are assigned observation status. Surprising study results show that "though the cost of hospital observation care costs less, reimbursement per encounter is proportionally a lot less." >>>

Physician Compensation Models Are Upside Down

The Dean Clinic has navigated through tough waters toward a value-based physician compensation model. It is an outlier. More commonly, physician and hospital contracts are top-heavy with volume, not value, a physician recruiter says. >>>

HMA's Shareholder Battle Intensifies

Glenview Capital Management, the largest of Health Management Associates' shareholders, is calling for a major leadership change at HMA. It sees "a deficiency at both the board and management level" and wants a new board of directors. >>>

Parkland Board Releases Consultant's Report

A report commissioned by the Parkland Health & Hospital System board of managers in Dallas makes a score of recommendations for improving governance practices at the troubled safety net health system. >>>

CMS Releases Proposed OPPS, Physician Fee Rules

The proposed Outpatient Prospective Payment System rule seeks to make more episode-based payments, while the proposed physician payment rule contains changes to the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive program. >>>

Pioneer ACOs Seen Defecting to MSSP Program

At least four of the 32 Pioneer ACOs are in the process of notifying their providers that they intend to shift to the Medicare Shared Savings Program, and up to five more could follow. "They've learned that they probably won't be successful, so they want to move into a no-risk environment," says one observer. >>>

Business Roundup: Independent Hospitals Disappearing in OH

University Hospitals announces its intent to acquire one of two of the last independent hospitals in northeast Ohio while consolidation continues in Massachusetts and New York City. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Advancing Clinical Quality from Data to Decisions

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News Headlines

WellPoint fined $1.7M for exposing health data on Internet

Reuters, July 12, 2013

For-profit hospitals put to test in MA

The Boston Globe, July 12, 2013

Former hospital CEO pleads guilty to $300,000 kickback scheme

New York Daily News, July 12, 2013

Court overturns Hopkins malpractice case

The Baltimore Sun, July 11, 2013

Nobel prize winner sets sights on fixing U.S. healthcare

Forbes, July 10, 2013

Rivals reportedly circle $4B HMA

FoxBusiness, July 10, 2013

Oklahoma City hospital posts surgery prices online; creates bidding war

KFOR, July 10, 2013

Hospitals' grab for docs might be an expensive habit

Cincinnati Business Courier, July 10, 2013

Fate of RI's Landmark hospital on the line, again

Providence Journal, July 10, 2013

Bill Frist aims to build next healthcare giant

Nashville Business Journal, July 9, 2013



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