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UnitedHealth Exec Offers 5 Tips on Patient Engagement

Margaret Dick Tocknell

The giant health insurer has learned much from its consumer engagement program. Lewis G. Sandy, MD, senior vice president for clinical advancement at UnitedHealth Group, shares some practical lessons. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Physicians' Medicare Pay Data May be Next to be Made Public

CMS is asking for public input on whether or not physicians have a privacy interest with their Medicare payments. If they do, CMS says it wants to create a review system that balances a physician's privacy with the public interest. >>>

5 Bills, 1 Month: AHA Urges Outreach to Legislators

The American Hospital Association wants acute care organizations to invite members of Congress into their hospitals during the August recess. The group is seeking co-sponsors on five bills. >>>

HMA Board Ousted by Glenview Capital

In a move seen as a "shadow vote" on the recently announced merger between Health Management Associates and Community Health Systems, HMA's largest shareholder has pushed out the sitting board and replaced it. >>>

1 in 2 Employers Link PPACA to Cost Increases

Fifty-five percent of employers surveyed about the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act report increased business costs in the range of 1% to 4%. >>>

Weaker Finances Seen for Not-for-Profit Hospitals

The not-for-profit healthcare sector will likely see softening median ratios in 2013, says a Standard & Poor's Rating Services analyst. With many efficiencies already factored into healthcare system operations, additional savings may be difficult to realize. >>>

Interoperability Plan Underwhelms, Mostashari Resigns: Now What?

In seven weeks, providers are supposed to be implementing stage 2 of Meaningful Use. The government's interoperability plans are lacking. And a key Washington player says he's leaving the scene. It's starting to look like a calamity. >>>

Anthem Blue Cross Pilot Reduces Surgery Costs by 19%

A reference pricing strategy, in which an employer agrees to pay a certain amount for a procedure and anything above that amount is the employee's responsibility, cut the price of hip and knee replacement surgeries by 19% in a one-year trial. >>>



LIVE Webcast

Webcast: Reining in Disruptive Docs—Strategies to Manage Risk and Reduce Turnover

Date: August 27, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

According to a 2011 study, 77% of physicians are concerned about disruptive behavior at their facilities. Join physician management experts from DePaul University and Florida Hospital to learn peer-tested strategies for confronting and resolving disruptive physician behavior. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

MA residents pay more, get less from health insurance

WBUR, August 14, 2013

Maryland General settles with US for $750K

The Baltimore Sun, August 14, 2013

Court gives PA healthcare providers win in medical malpractice insurance battle

Pennlive.com, August 14, 2013

A limit on consumer costs is delayed in healthcare law

The New York Times, August 13, 2013

In states that don't expand Medicaid, some uninsured may still get help

Kaiser Health News, August 13, 2013

8 ME hospitals sue Sebelius over payments for low-income patients

Bangor Daily News, August 13, 2013

The healthcare battle over navigators

Philly.com / The Center for Public Integrity, August 12, 2013

Sebelius open to 'uniquely Texan' health care plan

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, August 9, 2013

Twitter is out to destroy Obamacare

Bloomberg Businessweek, August 9, 2013

The District's Obamacare marketplace is psyched to insure Hill staff

The Washington Post, August 9, 2013



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Date: October 16, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

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From HealthLeaders Magazine

New Approaches to Patient Experience

The simplest and most effective patient experience strategy may be listening to the patient, directly through personal discussions and indirectly through survey data analysis. >>>

 

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