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Safety Net Hospitals Brace for Medicaid Expansion

Rene Letourneau, Senior Editor for HealthLeaders Media

Amid the potential fiscal landmines safety net hospitals can expect, there's a silver lining: CMS will delay cuts to its disproportionate share funding. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Why Half of All Healthcare CEOs Don't Want to Be in an ACO

In general, accountable care organization models are thought to carry too many variables and financial risks. Executives at smaller organizations balk because they see no structural model surrounding participation in ACOs that seems replicable. >>>

Healthcare Spending Growth Hits 53-Year Low

Healthcare spending in 2012 grew more slowly than the growth of the overall economy, says CMS. While the Obama administration was quick to credit the healthcare reform law, federal actuaries cite other factors—chiefly the economic recession. >>>

A Letter to Healthcare Providers from a Consumer

Now that the rules of healthcare delivery have changed so dramatically, we need to be clear about our new relationship. If you thought haggling with insurance companies was rough, just wait until you hear my expectations. >>>

Business Roundup: Healthcare M&A Activity Brisk

The reimbursement squeeze on hospitals is on, and healthcare leaders in search of opportunity are finding partners and making deals. >>>

Fresh Take on Hospital Discharges Cuts Readmissions

A multi-step approach to hospital discharges redefines them as 'transitions' and is driving down readmission rates at Detroit Medical Center. To really address readmissions, healthcare leaders must dissect the discharge process and sharpen a hospital-to-home program. >>>

Experienced Nurses Are Less Expensive Than You Think

Healthcare leaders now have data to back up what many already know: More clinical nursing experience means better pediatric patient outcomes. >>>

IT's Key Role in Lean Healthcare

Our guest columnist recounts the IT-clinical partnership at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System that reduced ED patient walkouts by 1.2% and increased co-pay collections by 26%. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Advancing Clinical Quality from Data to Decisions

If two-thirds of healthcare leaders claim a "great deal of experience" with clinical quality and patient safety metrics, why are so many having difficulty turning that data into meaningful improvements? This report uncovers the technological and cultural barriers hampering clinical quality improvements and provides practical, proven recommendations to help overcome them. Purchase Today >>>



News Headlines

MD's plan to upend healthcare spending

The Washington Post, January 13, 2014

Second wave of health insurance disruption affects small businesses

The Washington Post, January 13, 2014

Special healthcare tax could hit governments hard

The Columbus Dispatch, January 13, 2014

It's hard to win in the hospital business

Area Wide News, January 13, 2014

Report: Effort to curb health costs should be 'led by the states'

Kaiser Health News, January 10, 2014

Medicare Part D's hopeful lessons for Obamacare

The Atlantic, January 10, 2014

Report finds billions wasted on healthcare

The Boston Globe, January 9, 2014

Study: Supplemental plans raise Medicare costs 22%

Kaiser Health News, January 9, 2014

MA doles out $10M in 'Robin Hood' hospital funds

Boston Business Journal, January 9, 2014

Healthcare costs higher for smokers after surgery

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, January 9, 2014



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Multimedia/Events

Webcast: Telemedicine—A Strategic Tool to Grow Revenue and Drive Efficiency

Date: January 28, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Telemedicine pioneers from UC Davis and Mercy Health share strategies proven to bridge access gaps, improve patient experience, and streamline care through new mobile technologies, while driving down costs. Register Today >>>




From HealthLeaders Magazine

20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2013

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make a dfference in healthcare. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>

 

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