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Don't Expect Physicians to Lead Change

Philip Betbeze

Unless you take steps to equip them to do so, physicians will continue to be unprepared to lead changes in clinical guidelines critical to performing under healthcare reform. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Physician Retreats Bust 'Conspiracy of Silence'

A group of Florida physicians opts to skip the golf course and instead, climbs an 11,000-foot mountain range to get away from healthcare. In the process, the doctors learn to work together and hone their leadership skills "under a carpet of stars." >>>

Can Hospitals Pay Patients' Health Insurance Premiums?

It's not clear whether hospitals can legally advance patients premium money for coverage obtained from health insurance exchange markets. But the potential for conflict is apparent. >>>

Two-Midnight Rule Creates Financial Hurdles, Perverse Incentives

The controversial two-midnight rule goes into effect tomorrow, creating new economic challenges for hospitals and health systems. Reimbursements will drop for the same level of care, say healthcare leaders, who will be forced to choose between doing what's right and gaining revenue. >>>

Providers Face Tougher HIPAA Rules

More stringent privacy regulations now in effect mean hospitals and medical practices can expect random audits, higher fines, and a surge in formal complaints from patients who ask for, but do not receive their medical records in a timely fashion. >>>

Tech Glitches Snarl HIX Opening Day

High traffic volume contributed to consumer complaints about problems with the federal health insurance exchange and several states operating their own marketplaces reported similar problems on launch day. >>>

RWJF Hospital Price Transparency Challenge Winners Announced

Since Medicare released pricing data on hospital charges months ago, the pressure has been on hospitals to be more transparent. A challenge from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has brought forth interactive tools that should help providers and consumers. >>>

How One Rural Hospital Prevents Patient Falls

A small Illinois hospital comes up with a remarkably simple, inexpensive, and effective strategy to guard against falls and wins an award in the process. >>>



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News Headlines

Obamacare wait times cut by one-third, HHS says

The Hill, October 4, 2013

Obamacare has time to fix exchanges — but not forever

Politico, October 4, 2013

Leader of cancer center works on changes after feedback

The New York Times, October 4, 2013

Federal government shuts off $20 million in funding to ME hospital

Bangor Daily News, October 4, 2013

CA eases secrecy rules around health contracts

News & Observer / Associated Press, October 3, 2013

UC Irvine and MemorialCare Health System agree to partner, not merge

Los Angeles Times, October 3, 2013

Western Maryland hospitals form alliance

The Baltimore Sun, October 3, 2013

Tuomey Healthcare ordered to pay $276 million

WLTX.com, October 2, 2013

Opinion: Baylor Health System, Tenet Healthcare embrace Obamacare

The Dallas Morning News, October 2, 2013

Citrus Memorial Hospital boards vote for HCA

Tampa Bay Business Journal, October 1, 2013



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Multimedia/Events

Webcast: Orthopedics Service Line Success—Physician Engagement, Efficiency, and Quality

Date: October 16, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Join orthopedic leaders as they offer evidence-based strategies for improving orthopedic efficiency, quality, and performance while also increasing collaboration, cost savings, and market share within the service line. Register Today >>>


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From HealthLeaders Magazine

A Fresh Look at End-of-Life Care

Providers must team with patients to determine the ultimate medical mission. >>>

 

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