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How Highmark BCBS Helps Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Hospital readmission rates remain stubborn. Hoping to move the needle, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield has made its care transition program, which tracks readmissions indicators, mandatory for hospitals that have failed to meet a certain threshold. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Debate Over Delaying Individual Mandate Grows Louder

The American Academy of Actuaries is warning that delaying the individual mandate could affect risk pools and claims in 2014 and beyond. Health plans say they cannot work without this key provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. >>>

5 Cost Reduction Priorities for CEOs

Three out of four hospital and health systems CEOs cite overall cost reduction and efficiency as one of their top two financial priorities, so it was no surprise to hear a robust conversation on this hot topic at HealthLeaders Media's annual CEO Exchange. >>>

SGR is Finally on its Way Out. Maybe.

Although many bills designed to kill the sustainable growth rate formula have languished in Congress over the years, the talk these days is much more serious and physician groups have reason to be optimistic. >>>

1 in 5 Hospital Patients Who Leave AMA Are Uninsured

Incidences of patients leaving the hospital against medical advice rose sharply between 1997 and 2011, particularly among patients financially responsible for their own care. >>>

EHR Interoperability Remains Elusive

A lack of standards, privacy concerns, and proprietary and competition issues are just a few of the hurdles hampering the interoperability of EHR data among participants in health information exchanges. >>>

Hospitals Address Compounding Concerns

In the wake of incidents in which compounding pharmacies have released contaminated products, hospital leaders are developing strategies and protocols to ensure patient safety. >>>

'Late Adopters'—How Small Hospitals Can Navigate Meaningful Use

Hospitals and health systems just now getting around to meaningful use have clearer guidance from CMS, a better selection of off-the-shelf EHR software, and the cautionary lessons learned from HMA. >>>

SLIDESHOW: HealthLeaders Media CEO Exchange, 2013

HealthLeaders Media's second annual CEO Exchange assembled nearly 40 top hospital and health system executives in Boca Raton, FL for three days of roundtable and breakout discussions on cost reduction strategies, changing reimbursement models, and the clinical shift from a volume- to a value-based business model. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Population Health Management—Steps to Risk Sharing and Data Analytics

This report explores how better collaboration and mastery of data analytics can help you build a successful integrated and collaborative network for population health management. Includes actionable recommendations, key takeaways, and case studies from Geisinger Health System, Lancaster General Health, and the Jefferson School of Population Health. Purchase Today >>>



News Headlines

Officials appeal to frustrated healthcare.gov users: Come back

The Miami Herald / McClatchy, November 13, 2013

New US heart guidelines back stronger therapies for high-risk patients

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, November 13, 2013

Anthem Blue Cross extends some canceled policies

Los Angeles Times, November 13, 2013

Is Obamacare driving doctors to refuse insurance?

Market Watch, November 13, 2013

Insurers press for way around Healthcare.gov

The New York Times, November 12, 2013

Healthcare.gov enrollment falls far short of target

The Wall Street Journal, November 12, 2013

Problems with federal health portal also stymie Medicaid enrollment

The New York Times, November 12, 2013

Cuts in hospital subsidies threaten safety-net care

The New York Times, November 11, 2013

Rush is on to get healthcare now, with high-deductible plans looming in 2014

The Republic / AZCentral.com, November 11, 2013

Adjoining states face differences with healthcare law

USA Today / Gannett, November 11, 2013



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HealthLeaders Media LIVE from Memorial Hermann: The Readmissions Master Plan

Date: December 3, 2013 | 12:00–3:00PM ET Find out how Memorial Hermann has slashed preventable readmissions through better communication, systemic accountability, and improved care for high-risk patients. Get real-world solutions, interactive Q&A, and lessons learned. Register Today Download the Free Case Study >>>




From HealthLeaders Magazine

Population Health and the Analytics Opportunity

Innovators are blending technology with new care models while targeting high-risk patients in a patient-centered strategy. >>>

 

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