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CAH Status Challenge Shortsighted

John Commins

A recommendation to strip critical access designation from any hospital that was given that status under a state "necessary provider" designation lacks consideration for the role of critical access hospitals in the rural healthcare safety net. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

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. >>>

Medical Errors at 10 CA Hospitals Draw Fines of $625K

California's latest round of penalties for hospital blunders that resulted in patient harm or death includes a wrong-site surgery, feeding errors, a retained surgical object, and a number of unnecessary "emergency" coronary interventions. >>>

1 in 5 Health Systems to Become Payers by 2018

Cost and reimbursement pressures, the explosion of boomers in the hospital patient mix, and the movement toward population health are spurring health systems to launch their own health insurance plans. >>>

Health Plan Premiums Rise Moderately

The weak economy, which has reduced healthcare service utilization, is cited as the leading contributor to moderate growth in health insurance premiums by the Kaiser Family Foundation in its Employer Health Benefits Survey. >>>

Shands HealthCare to Pay $26M to Settle False Claims Allegations

Federal prosecutors say improper Medicare billing at six Florida hospitals operated by Shands ran from 2003 through 2008. Shands makes no admission of liability, but will pay a total of approximately $26 million plus interest. >>>

Docs to Disruptive Patients: 'You're Fired'

A California physicians organization is finding that more doctors are dismissing patients because they are uncooperative, refuse to comply with treatment, exhibit drug-seeking behaviors, and increasingly threaten the safety of care providers. >>>

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." >>>

Uncertain Reimbursement Environment Means Providers Must be Nimble

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. >>>



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

Thousands of doctors practicing despite errors, misconduct

USA Today, August 21, 2013

New South L.A. hospital to cost $32 million more than expected

Los Angeles Times, August 21, 2013

Judge rejects Long Island College Hospital's ownership deal

The New York Times, August 21, 2013

Chicago doctor accused of posting photos of intoxicated patient

ABC News, August 21, 2013

Mountain States Health Alliance taps HMA exec for CEO

Knoxville News-Sentinel, August 20, 2013

More hospitals use social media to gather feedback from patients' families

The Wall Street Journal, August 20, 2013

Telemedicine improves care for kids seen in rural ERs

Reuters, August 20, 2013

Hospitals may absorb risk of insurers' debtor patients

Bloomberg, August 19, 2013

5 public health systems in other cities serve as model for UMC

Las Vegas Sun, August 19, 2013

CMS Pays Primary Care Bonuses Amidst Bureaucracy

HealthLeaders Media, August 19, 2013



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Webcast: Physician Compensation Models and Metrics Under Population-Based Reimbursement

Date: August 29, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

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From HealthLeaders Magazine

New Approaches to Patient Experience

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