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Community Hospitals Become Default Advisors on HIX

John Commins

Hospital associations and the feds are encouraging community and rural health providers to step up for health insurance exchanges. But for many, it's one more mandate on top of many. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

FL Hospitals Say 'Yes' to Unlicensed Doc as CMO

A debate is stirring on whether top-ranking docs in hospitals should maintain their licenses to practice medicine. One hospital system with facilities in Florida says it is often "inadvisable" for a practicing physician to be a CMO. >>>

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. >>>

South Carolina Blues Embrace Telemedicine

Physicians and nurse practitioners will conduct tele-consultations for high-risk pregnancies, strokes, and mental health, with an emphasis on rural areas and small towns. >>>

HR Roundup: Hospital Layoffs Are Full of Excuses

The healthcare law is a convenient scapegoat for hospitals looking to downsize staff and reallocate labor costs to other initiatives. Meanwhile, feds mandate home health workers' minimum wage and OT pay. >>>

The Business Case for Virtual Urgent Care

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

How to Get the Most Out of Team-Based Care

Advanced practice providers can solve plenty of capacity challenges and they're critical to implementing population health strategies. But the secret to success is not having them on staff – it's in their management. >>>

Delivering Safety Over Convenience

Driven by safety evidence and new reporting requirements, obstetric units are curbing elective early deliveries. But some patients are insistent. >>>

Insurers Market Exchanges for Young Invincibles

With HIX set to debut in less than a week, some insurers are marketing the benefits of enrollment to younger, healthier people. One PA insurer is using social media and a roving truck to pitch its "Live Fearless" campaign. >>>



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News Headlines

Hospital-based infections could be moving to doctor's offices

Scientific American, September 25, 2013

Obamacare keeps patients at home slowing hospital use

Bloomberg, September 25, 2013

Tampa General announces new partnership with Florida Hospital; extends agreement with USF Health

The Tampa Bay Times, September 25, 2013

Brooklyn grapples with struggling hospitals and demand for healthcare

The Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2013

Federal judge throws out lawsuit over hospital observation care

Kaiser Health News, September 24, 2013

Medicare penalizes hospitals in effort to reduce the number of patients readmitted

The New York Times, September 24, 2013

After the floods, CO hospital braces for winter

NPR, September 24, 2013

Is this a hospital or a hotel?

The New York Times, September 24, 2013

Big growth in El Paso healthcare

El Paso Inc., September 23, 2013

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

Baltimore Business Journal, September 20, 2013



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Webcast: Patient Engagement for Population Health—The Kaiser Permanente & MSHA Models

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