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Without Way to Pay for SGR Repeal, Is Optimism in Vain?

Jacqueline Fellows

Repeal of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate has clear momentum, but with 2013 winding down and the $139 billion price tag still unresolved, physicians could be facing yet another short-term fix. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

CMS Sets 2014 Pay Rates for Hospital Outpatient and Physician Services

The new rules reflect changes in healthcare, says CMS, but hospital and medical groups express disappointment and call for attendant SGR reform. >>>

Substance Abuse Resurfaces Among Anesthesiologists in Training

Nearly 1% of anesthesiology residents showed substance use disorders, including some who died as a result, and nearly half of those caught had a relapse, says a new report. "This is still a big problem within our specialty," says the study author. >>>

Not-for-Profit Hospitals Find Opportunity Amid Uncertainty

While the uncertainty around healthcare reform and lower reimbursements will prove a challenge in the near future, hospital leaders also see opportunities to succeed within local markets. >>>

'Country Doctor of the Year' Embraces Challenges of Rural Medicine

Robert Bosl, MD, has for the past 33 years served about 2,500 patients around the town of Starbuck, MN. This annual award recognizes what is right in rural healthcare delivery, but it also inadvertently shows us much of what is wrong. >>>

Douglas Hawthorne—A Chance to Do Something Big

Douglas Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, has repeatedly made big bets on where the puck is going in healthcare, and those bets have almost always paid off. Now his behemoth health system is seeking to take responsibility for caring for individuals over a lifetime. Making that change pay off financially is the critical challenge. From the 2013 HealthLeaders 20. >>>

Tennessee Blues Enlists Pastors to Help Reduce Healthcare Disparities

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee developed a tool kit for churches to use to improve immunization rates among minorities and rural whites in the state. Next up: Behavioral health and chemical dependency problems. >>>

Injuries Among Surgeons Carry Hidden Costs

Hospital and health system HR departments rarely receive injury reports from surgeons, but the financial consequences—specifically among orthopedic surgeons—are high, and the problem will only worsen as the workforce ages, a study shows. >>>



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

NH hospital wants network decision documents

Boston.com / Associated Press, December 5, 2013

'Convoluted' hospital pricing under scrutiny

The San Francisco Chronicle, December 5, 2013

Intuitive robots may stall in surgery, company warns doctors

Bloomberg Businessweek, December 5, 2013

Opinion: To make hospitals less deadly, a dose of data

The New York Times, December 5, 2013

UnitedHealthcare, doctors fight in federal court over physician network cuts

The Hartford Courant, December 4, 2013

Why eliminating 'hospital purgatories' would save billions of dollars

PBS NewsHour, December 4, 2013

NH hospital worker gets 39 years in hepatitis case

ABC News / Associated Press, December 3, 2013

Do patient portals improve healthcare?

InformationWeek, December 3, 2013

Revamping the house call to reduce healthcare costs

NBC News, December 2, 2013

Medicaid growth could aggravate doctor shortage

The New York Times, December 2, 2013



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