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Toxic Politics Hinder Debate on Healthcare Cost Drivers

John Commins

Healthcare has become "a surrogate for all the other problems of the country," and "patients have been disenfranchised in the process," says the leader of a Johns Hopkins study on factors that drive healthcare cost growth. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

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. >>>

MU Audit Fears Escalate as HMA Returns $31M

Meaningful Use audit-related givebacks and penalties can pack a much harder punch than other Medicare audits, says the CEO of CHIME, because failure in one area of MU attestation is perceived by auditors as "failure in aggregate." >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

'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. >>>

Physicians-for-Hire Must Tread Carefully

Doctors considering accepting an employment offer from a hospital or health system should consider carefully whether the medical model and culture will be a good fit. >>>

How Highmark BCBS Helps Reduce Hospital Readmissions

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. >>>

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. >>>



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Date: November 19, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Learn how specialists and specialty services are reaching outside hospital and clinic walls to engage patients via the Internet, and how telemedicine innovators are overcoming challenges such as billing, scheduling and contractual agreements. Telemedicine pioneers share strategies proven to bridge access gaps, improve patient experience, and streamline care through new mobile technologies. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

Is Obamacare driving doctors to refuse insurance?

Market Watch, November 13, 2013

How mobile apps could transform rural healthcare

National Journal, November 13, 2013

Letting medical students run the clinic

The Atlantic, November 13, 2013

Insurers press for way around Healthcare.gov

The New York Times, November 12, 2013

Obamacare rollout: Doctors concerned about patients, care, fees

CBS News, November 12, 2013

Opinion: Hospitals too must reform under Obamacare

The Baltimore Sun, November 12, 2013

Cuts in hospital subsidies threaten safety-net care

The New York Times, November 11, 2013

Why doctors stay mum about mistakes their colleagues make

ProPublica, November 11, 2013

NH hospital excluded from network to get hearing

Boston.com / Associated Press, November 8, 2013

In a disaster, will your hospital be ready?

Bangor Daily News, November 8, 2013



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