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Uncertain Reimbursement Environment Means Providers Must be Nimble

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

In response to the uncertain, yet inevitable, changes that are coming thanks to healthcare reform, Michigan-based CHE Trinity Health has made some modifications to its conventional business model. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

OB/GYN Pushes Doctors To Think About Cost

Increasingly, physicians are speaking out against wasteful spending on needless medical treatments. At her South Carolina hospital, Lauren Demosthenes, MD, is targeting "low hanging fruit that doesn't hurt the patient or the doctor." >>>

CFO Exchange: Healthcare Reform Breeds Innovation

Chief financial officers from some the country's top hospitals and health systems meeting at HealthLeaders Media's third annual CFO Exchange shared the exciting and often frustrating adaptations they're making to accommodate healthcare reform. >>>

CMS Pays Primary Care Bonuses Amidst Bureaucracy

Payments from the Medicare Primary Care Incentive Program are "a good start," to help bolster physician pay, but primary care physicians consistently fall "below 50% of the average specialty incomes," says the head of the American Academy of Family Physicians. >>>

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. >>>

As Insurers Balk on Risk Sharing, Providers Take Charge

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. >>>

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. >>>

With Cuts Looming, QIOs Find Abundant Support

The American Medical Association, a number of other national provider associations, and 47 state medical societies are urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to preserve federal funding for state-based quality improvement organizations. >>>

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%. >>>



CEO Report

2013 CEO Report: Optimism on the Upswing

Although 44% of healthcare CEOs still feel the industry is on the wrong track, more are optimistic about their own organization's performance and prospects as they face the challenges and opportunities of PPACA. This report explores healthcare CEOs' evolving perspectives on these issues, including their strategies for controlling costs, and why partnerships rank among their top three priorities. Download Today >>>



News Headlines

Hospitals may absorb risk of insurers' debtor patients

Bloomberg, August 19, 2013

Doctors who profit from radiation prescribe it more often, study finds

The New York Times, August 19, 2013

Some hospital CEOs get bigger compensation packages

The Baltimore Sun, August 19, 2013

Controlling healthcare spending, revisited

The New York Times, August 19, 2013

$67M doled out to those aiding others navigate healthcare

USA Today, August 16, 2013

Defunding Obamacare won't stop it entirely

HealthLeaders Media, August 16, 2013

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

The New York Times, August 16, 2013

Tax credits may offset health costs

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / Associated Press, August 15, 2013

Why doctors are reluctant to take responsibility for rising medical costs

The Atlantic, August 15, 2013

MA residents pay more, get less from health insurance

WBUR, August 14, 2013



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Date: August 20, 2013, 12:00-3:00 p.m. ET

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