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Rural Life Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

John Commins

A study finds that the risk of injury deaths was 22% higher in the most rural counties than in the most urban areas. While the data reveals some surprising findings, the lead author says she can only speculate as to the reasons why. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Stratus Healthcare Alliance Strategy Detailed

Georgia's new 23-hospital collaborative, with its focus on operational initiatives and improving population health, "represents a formidable force with substantial bargaining power" and may be the first stage of something bigger, says one healthcare analyst. >>>

'Redistricting' Considered for Liver Donor Maps

Researchers report that the existing distribution model of organs for liver transplants is unbalanced and depends upon longstanding relationships among medical centers. Organ donor advocates are calling for a change in the allocation process. >>>

ICD-10 Transition Should be Major Focus Now

Hoping for a deadline extension, many physician practices are behind. Instead they should be highly focused on the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets, says one expert. >>>

Leah Binder Wants Your Hospital Data

The Leapfrog Group CEO wants public reporting of nine so-called "never events" to remain public. The AHA, she says, wants to suppress it. But that's not all. Binder wants "more data—a lot more data." >>>

Health Exchange Rates Surprisingly Low

Blue Shield of California says it expects rates for its policyholders to increase 13% on average in 2014, an increase executives say will be "legitimately below what people expected them to be." >>>

Q&A: Retiring CEO Details MSHA's Winning Strategy

Dennis Vonderfecht took over an East Tennessee hospital in 1990 and built it into the Mountain States Health Alliance. As he prepares to retire, Vonderfecht details some of his strategic moves and expresses optimism for the organization's future. >>>

Don't Let Lack of Metrics Sink Your Marketing Department

The notion that it's too hard to determine the value of a marketing strategy is common. And it could be negatively affecting the way that marketing departments are viewed within the C-suite. >>>



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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 >>>



News Headlines

At too many hospitals, a revolving door

The New York Times, July 24, 2013

When doctors tell patients what they don't want to hear

The New Yorker, July 24, 2013

Medicare plans to accelerate linking doctor pay to quality

Kaiser Health News / The Washington Post, July 23, 2013

Hospitals quitting a key Obamacare cost-control program

The Washington Post, July 23, 2013

Builder of Colorado's VA hospital says cost exceeds $1 billion

The Denver Post, July 23, 2013

Another hospital in troubled TX chain is closed

The Dallas Morning News, July 23, 2013

Healthcare overhaul leads hospitals to focus on patient satisfaction

Los Angeles Times, July 22, 2013

Hospital expansions going forward, but in smaller forms

Detroit Free Press, July 22, 2013

Community health center battles for patients' records

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 22, 2013

OR medical community gears up for expansion

News & Observer / Associated Press, July 22, 2013



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