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As Insurers Balk on Risk Sharing, Providers Take Charge

Philip Betbeze

Many hospitals and health systems aren't waiting for insurers to implement risk sharing into their contracts. Instead, providers are experimenting on their own—especially those that already own health plans. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

CFO Exchange: Top Execs Talk Strategy

At HealthLeaders Media's third annual CFO Exchange, chief financial officers from hospitals and health systems across the country discussed cost reduction strategies and the impact of HIT initiatives on the revenue cycle. >>>

UnitedHealth Exec Offers 5 Tips on Patient Engagement

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. >>>

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. >>>

OIG Recommendation 'Would Kill Rural Health'

Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association, is blasting a federal report that recommends stripping critical access designation from any hospital that was brought into the program under a state "necessary provider" designation. "The practical effect is that it would kill rural health," Morgan says. >>>

How Prehabilitation Can Improve Outcomes and Reduce Hospital Costs

Better preparing cancer patients for surgery and the rigors of treatment regimens can improve patient outcomes and generate cost savings through shorter hospital stays and fewer readmissions, researchers say. >>>

Hospital Finance, Quality Team Up for Better Profit Margins

The finance leaders at New Jersey's Barnabas Health have a new motivation for engaging with the quality department's efforts: reducing readmissions and cutting costs. >>>

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%. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Patient Experience Beyond HCAHPS—Care Coordination and Cultural Transformation

This report uncovers the management and cultural changes necessary to achieve consistently superior patient experience. It features original research and analysis from top healthcare executives and clinical leaders. Gain key insights, such as: 71% of healthcare leaders will focus on care coordination to improve patient experience. Download Today >>>



News Headlines

$67M doled out to those aiding others navigate healthcare

USA Today, August 16, 2013

Opinion: How to destroy Obamacare from within

Politico, August 16, 2013

Having more doctors might reduce health spending. Or maybe increase it.

The New York Times, August 16, 2013

MO healthcare exchange details unclear

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 15, 2013

Why doctors are reluctant to take responsibility for rising medical costs

The Atlantic, August 15, 2013

Parkland not slowing down changes after passing safety test

The Dallas Morning News, August 14, 2013

Maine Medical Center announces 225 position cuts, other reductions

Bangor Daily News, August 14, 2013

FL pharmacists win $597 million blowing whistle on Medicare scheme

Bloomberg, August 14, 2013

Bigger hospitals may lead to bigger bills for patients

The New York Times, August 13, 2013

NH hospital tech pleads guilty in hepatitis outbreak

The Washington Post / Associated Press, August 13, 2013



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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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