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The Business Case for Virtual Urgent Care

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

A mobile care service priced at only $35 a visit creates a new access point for patients and averts ED visits. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Hospital Pay to Reflect Care Efficiency Soon

Medicare spending per beneficiary is a measure of efficiency which underscores the importance of limiting readmissions. Some hospital groups reject the move, but at least one CMO describes it as "not completely unreasonable." >>>

Ambulatory Revenues Grow as Inpatient Volumes Shrink

The shift away from post-acute hospital-based procedures to ambulatory services, which lack high-cost infrastructures, is "the future of healthcare," according to one health system executive. >>>

Hospitals in Show-Me State Play the Shame Card

In an attempt to illustrate the impact of losing federal Medicaid funding, the Missouri Hospital Association is using data linking the effects of poverty, poor health, and life expectancy in the state and making comparisons to rates in Third World countries. >>>

Philanthropy Yields $9B for NFP Hospitals in 2012

Hospitals that are most successful at raising funds are those that use metrics to determine how to allocate their fundraising resources and those that put an emphasis on major donors, a report on philanthropy finds. >>>

A Texas-Sized ACO Takes Shape

Memorial Hermann Physician Network and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas are teaming up to develop an accountable care organization that will better manage the cost of care for 100,000 members. >>>

CEO Incentive Pay Gets a Makeover

Being measured is nothing new for top healthcare leaders, but for many, renewed board focus on the future means that leaders are being measured based on an increasingly complex conglomeration of performance targets. >>>

House Subcommittee Considers Obamacare's Impact on Competition

Witnesses representing payers and providers agree that healthcare industry consolidation predates the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by at least two decades, but blame each other for rising healthcare costs. >>>



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News Headlines

First glimpses of a new healthcare world

Fortune, September 23, 2013

Lower health insurance premiums to come at cost of fewer choices

The New York Times, September 23, 2013

Opinion: Healthcare costs are driven by technology, not presidents

Bloomberg, September 23, 2013

Healthcare reform could launch despite a federal shutdown

Christian Science Monitor, September 23, 2013

Healthcare costs projected to outpace economic growth

NPR, September 20, 2013

MD hospitals post 71% profit decline, operating at record low margins

Baltimore Business Journal, September 20, 2013

Cleveland Clinic announces job cuts to prepare for Obamacare

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, September 19, 2013

Dallas County plans to sell $42 million in government bonds to help pay for new hospital

The Dallas Morning News, September 19, 2013

A dozen hospitals are laying off staff and blaming Obamacare. Don't believe them.

California Healthline, September 19, 2013

Concern grows over cost of drugs under new healthcare law

The New York Times, September 18, 2013



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Multimedia/Events

Webcast: Predictive Analytics—Reducing Readmissions and Hospitalizations

Date: October 28, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

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From HealthLeaders Magazine

A Fresh Look at End-of-Life Care

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