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Population Health Demands Clearer Standards for Radiology

Joe Cantlupe

Radiology leaders advocate standards-based medical imaging programs to reduce errors and improve efficiencies. The aim is to reward radiologists "not for more procedures, but for the right ones." >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Winners and Losers in Proposed Medicare Doc Pay

Some of the biggest cuts are aimed at independent testing laboratories, which see 26% of their fees slashed, followed by radiation therapy centers, which may lose 13% under CMS's "particularly complicated," proposed changes. >>>

U.S. News & World Report Names Top Hospitals

The most well-known of a series of hospital rankings is a powerful marketing tool, but one observer says he is troubled that none of the various "rating schemes" use state and federal inspection data in their evaluations. >>>

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." >>>

Is Physician Integration Driving Up the Cost of Care?

Few physician executives believe costs go down when healthcare systems acquire physician practices. We asked doctors with divergent views to explain their positions. >>>

ACC Registry Readmission Rates Now Public

Readmissions data from an American College of Cardiology's registry is now posted on a federal website, in a move toward more public reporting of procedural outcomes. >>>

Physician Integration Failures Are Avoidable

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. >>>

How Safety-Net Hospitals Are Improving the Patient Experience

Despite some unique challenges, safety-net hospitals are achieving strong patient satisfaction results by focusing on compassionate care and quality outcomes. >>>

9 Pioneer ACOs to Leave Program

Seven of the nine participants in CMS's pilot program for accountable care organizations are applying to transition to the Medicare Shared Savings Program, while two are abandoning the program completely. >>>



Roundtable

Roundtable: Building a Leadership Culture

What attributes make for an effective leadership culture at healthcare organizations? Four executives recently gathered with HealthLeaders Media for an in-depth, three-hour conversation on leadership, organizational culture, and the difficult environment for decision-making. Free Download >>>



News Headlines

State officials: Las Vegas hospitals sloughing off patients on UMC

Las Vegas Sun, July 18, 2013

Hospitals may soon be reaching for the stars

Kaiser Health News / The Boston Globe, July 18, 2013

Denver Health to cut 300 jobs to reduce personnel costs by $18 million

The Denver Post, July 18, 2013

2 hospital networks agree to merge, raising specter of costlier care

The New York Times, July 17, 2013

Doctor accused in 4 slayings was denied licenses

Charlotte Observer / Associated Press, July 17, 2013

Post-op phone checkups save time and travel

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, July 17, 2013

Few Medicaid docs have seen 2013 pay raise

The Washington Post / Kaiser Health News, July 16, 2013

Inside doctors' prescribing habits

Los Angeles Times, July 16, 2013

Survey: Patient access to doctors mixed in MA

The Boston Herald / Associated Press, July 16, 2013

Doctors heed prescription for computerized records

NPR, July 16, 2013



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Multimedia/Events

Webcast: Physician Compensation Models and Metrics Under Population-Based Reimbursement

Date: August 29, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Join CMOs from Banner Health Network and Blue Cross Blue Shield of AZ as they discuss strategies and metrics for implementing a value-based model of physician compensation. Register Today >>>




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Making Patients Happy, Even the Poorest and Sickest

Despite some unique challenges, safety-net hospitals are achieving strong satisfaction results by focusing on the patient and quality outcomes. >>>

 

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