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MT Health Clinics Are Cost Effective, Not 'Free'

John Commins

A Montana health clinic about to mark its one-year anniversary has already saved the state $1.5 million by making available primary care services to about 11,000 employees, their dependents, and pre-Medicare retired state employees. Members pay no out-of-pocket costs. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Berwick Names 11 Monsters Facing Hospital Industry

Former acting head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Don Berwick, MD, acknowledges healthcare providers have come a long way in the last few decades, but it's "by no means enough." >>>

Struggling Hospital Depletes $135M Endowment

Violating a sacred code of philanthropy, a failing hospital received court approval to tap into the principal of an endowment meant to last into perpetuity. That kind of negative publicity doesn't help development executives at other healthcare organizations. >>>

Fight to Replace HMA Board Continues

Health Management Associates' largest shareholder says it intends to proceed with plans to replace the sitting HMA board, hours after Community Health Systems said it would acquire the embattled hospital chain. >>>

Medical Error Cost Calculator Riles AHA

An online tool from the Leapfrog Group, which determines the "hidden surcharge" or costs of a hospital's medical errors, employs a methodology that is "seriously flawed," says the American Hospital Association. >>>

Useless Care for Back Pain on the Rise

Physicians are drifting away from evidence-based care for back pain patients and are treating them with growing rates of referrals to surgeons and other doctors and orders for "inappropriate" CT or MRI images, a study shows. >>>

Physicians on Treadmills Diagnose with Accuracy, Says Mayo Doc

"All businesses with sedentary workers should allow employees to use" treadmill desks, says a former Mayo Clinic CEO and enthusiastic advocate for walking while working. Healthcare providers are no exception. >>>

IOM Rejects Geography-Based Value Index for Medicare

"Geographies don't make decisions. Providers and provider organizations do," says a member of the Institute of Medicine. The focus should instead be on incentives designed to hold providers accountable for quality outcomes, an IOM committee urges. >>>



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News Headlines

For surgery, big and famous hospitals aren't always the best

Reuters, July 31, 2013

NC makes move to improve health cost transparency

Charlotte Business Journal, July 31, 2013

Marin General Hospital to spend $500K on campaign to pass bond measure

Marin Independent Journal, July 31, 2013

For-profit ERs next to Starbucks stir controversy

Denver Post, July 31, 2013

Richard Bracken to step down as HCA CEO

The Tennessean, July 30, 2013

White House touts slow increase in healthcare costs

USA Today, July 30, 2013

Beth Israel to pay $5.3M settlement to resolve Medicare fraud allegations

Boston Business Journal, July 30, 2013

The hype over hospital rankings

The New York Times, July 29, 2013

Healthcare workers, lawmakers rally to keep NY hospital open

NY1.com, July 29, 2013

ME health systems report positive early results under Obamacare experiment

Bangor Daily News, July 26, 2013



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