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  November 20, 2013 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

Letter to Sebelius: Take Control of the Message

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Amidst the healthcare.gov debacle, let's not lose sight of what is really important—access to affordable health insurance. Please start doing a better job of controlling your agency's message about the public's access to health insurance. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

AHA: Hospitals Can Pay Patients' HIX Premiums

In a legal advisory to hospitals, the American Hospital Association asserts that the federal government's own regulations "clearly allow for another person or organization to pay the insurance premium for the enrolling individual." >>>

How Population Health Analytics Opens Opportunities for Better Care

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

'Alarming' Physician Shortages Lie Ahead

While the reasons for the projected doctor shortage are clear—population health issues, shrinking physician reimbursements, workforce issues, and residency training insufficiencies—the path toward a solution is not. >>>

Anatomy of a Readmissions Master Plan

Memorial Hermann leaders have been able to reduce preventable readmissions by closing care continuum gaps. They've tackled poor communication among disjointed or unaligned providers, a lack of systemic accountability and follow through, and inadequate human and IT resources. >>>

What's Wrong With Healthcare Quality Measures? Part I

We need to measure the hell out of healthcare to help us compare one organization or system with others. I believe measuring quality helps healthcare systems improve. But I also believe that we can measure healthcare quality a lot better than we do. >>>

Physician Executive Compensation Growth Slow, but Healthy

Even though compensation growth has slowed a bit—CEOs report a gain of only 4% over two years—the demand for physician executives continues to increase. Median annual pay reported by doctors in executive roles is $325,000. >>>

OIG Calls for More Scrutiny of Medicare Hospital Outlier Payments

The distribution of outlier payments, intended to protect hospitals from losses from extraordinarily costly Medicare cases, is disproportionate and ought to be monitored better, says the Office of Inspector General. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Restructuring Executive Compensation for the Shift From Volume to Value

This report reveals how the shift from volume to value is reshaping compensation and incentives and demanding new C-suite skills. Download Today >>>



News Headlines

Push to renew health plans finds unlikely state allies

The New York Times, November 20, 2013

Up to 40 percent of Obamacare's 'back office' functions yet to be built, tech chief says

The Washington Post, November 20, 2013

Safety-net hospitals lose more under Medicare's quality-based payments

The Washington Post, November 20, 2013

Doctors complain they will be paid less by exchange plans

Kaiser Health News, November 20, 2013

Doctors, hospitals catch goofs on WA state insurance exchange

The Seattle Times, November 20, 2013

Health insurers face an uncertain future

Kaiser Health News / St. Louis Post Dispatch, November 19, 2013

Officials were warned about health site woes

The New York Times, November 19, 2013

Healthcare.gov goal is for 80% of users to be able to enroll for insurance

The Washington Post, November 18, 2013

Opinion: How we got Obamacare to work

The Washington Post, November 18, 2013

Efficiency push comes at a price for IN hospitals

The Miami Herald / The Daily Journal, November 18, 2013



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Population Health and the Analytics Opportunity

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