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  August 26, 2013 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

Employers Behaving Badly

Chelsea Rice, Associate Editor for HealthLeaders Media

In this week's news roundup: Two large employers announce a drastic change to their employee benefits plans, a rural hospital CEO is sentenced in a stalking case, and the results of a compensation survey fail to wow anyone. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Would You Hire a Deaf Nurse?

A nursing school boots out a deaf student over concerns that her hearing loss would limit her ability to safely perform clinical rotations. Nonsense, says the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses. >>>

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. >>>

Why Docs are 'Constantly Encouraged to Do Bad'

The motivation to properly care for patients "has been sapped by poorly designed incentives," one economist says. Pay-for-performance models, capitation, and bundled payments "often fall short of their goals and must be re-examined." >>>

It's Judgment Day for Hospital Websites

Not only are hospitals' quality metrics under tight review by payers, but now the honesty and relevance of their websites' claims and content is getting scrutinized. >>>

Contrarian CEO: Consolidation Will Hike Spending

Consolidation in the healthcare industry will do nothing to stop the upward march of spending. In fact, consolidation should exacerbate it. So says a hospital chief in a major market who shall remain anonymous—for now. >>>

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. >>>

Oregon to Streamline Provider Credentialing

A new law requires the Oregon Health Authority to establish an electronic database for credentialing organizations, including hospitals, insurance companies, and other facilities. >>>



LAST CHANCE 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

Opinion: Mixed signals on employee health insurance

The New York Times, August 26, 2013

University Hospital CEO to earn $416K as head of newly independent state hospital

The Star-Ledger, August 26, 2013

Americans underestimate resident doctors' work hours, poll says

Boston.com, August 26, 2013

Doctors seek partner to keep a Brooklyn hospital open

The New York Times, August 23, 2013

Despite additional dollars, doctor shortage hard to fix

The Texas Tribune, August 23, 2013

County supervisors OK $29M more for MLK hospital

Los Angeles Times, August 22, 2013

CVS cuts access to opioid pain-killers for suspect doctors

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, August 22, 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



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Multimedia/Events

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

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

Join CMOs from Banner Health Network and Blue Cross Blue Shield of AZ as they discuss strategies and metrics for implementing a value-based model of physician compensation. Register Today >>>




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