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NY Hospital Joins Payer Fray

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

Reduced care costs and higher patient volume are only two of the reasons North Shore LIJ Health System is launching its own commercial health plan. Other benefits: It will make "getting paid and paying our docs…much, much, much simpler," says one executive. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Final IPPS Rule Elicits Objections from Hospital Groups

The Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule establishes controversial terms that distinguish an inpatient admission from "observation" status, for which hospitals receive lower rates of Medicare reimbursement. >>>

Sluggish Hospital Job Growth Linked to Sequestration

Preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics marks July as the third month this year in which the hospital sector lost jobs. But one analyst is not ready to call it a trend. >>>

The Disappearing Hospital CEO

Healthcare consolidation is eliminating many hospital CEO jobs. With coordination and cooperation within health system operations the order of the day, those top executive jobs are being sharply redefined. >>>

Berwick: Zapping Overtreatment, Costs Takes 'Courage'

The former acting head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services lauds efforts such as the Choosing Wisely campaign, which aim to reduce medical interventions "for which the risks outweigh the benefits." >>>

Physicians Brace for Drug, Device 'Transparency'

Doctors groups are alerting members to be prepared to respond to public disclosures as pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers begin tracking and reporting their financial interactions with physicians. >>>

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. >>>

MT Health Clinics Are Cost Effective, Not 'Free'

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. >>>



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News Headlines

6 Louisiana cities among nation's 10 most expensive for healthcare

NOLA.com / The Times-Picayune, August 5, 2013

In need of a new hip, but priced out of the US

The New York Times, August 5, 2013

Republicans split on efforts to defund Obama healthcare law

Bloomberg Businessweek, August 5, 2013

Tenet, Health Management accused of paying kickbacks

Bloomberg, August 2, 2013

The sleeper in healthcare payment reform

The New York Times, August 2, 2013

Health costs are still tame, insurer results show

Kaiser Health News, August 2, 2013

West Penn Allegheny Health System reports $47.9 loss in in three months

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 2, 2013

House panel votes to change Medicare funding approach

The Washington Post, August 1, 2013

Proposed changes in inpatient status would reduce expensive stays, OIG finds

Bloomberg BNA, August 1, 2013

Orszag: Critics wrong about Medicare payment board

Bloomberg, July 31, 2013



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