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The Flourishing Medical Tourism Business in America

Marianne Aiello

The Jackson International program at Miami's Jackson Health System draws patients to the U.S. with concierge services. Elective international patients want extra amenities in addition to high-quality care. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Reduce Readmissions by Activating Patients to Do 'Self-Care'

The push is on to target patients who need help with self-care, which is key to lowering hospital readmission rates. A tool to measure "patient activation" offers healthcare providers a way to look beyond the bedside to assist patients. >>>

Providers Lag as Consumers Set Agenda

New players in healthcare are gaining a toehold with frustrated consumers who are "ready to abandon traditional care models for ones that echo experiences in banking, retail and entertainment," research from PwC's Health Research Institute indicates. >>>

CMS Makes Physician Claims Data Public

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a potential treasure trove of 2012 Medicare physician claim information. The release, which makes the data public for the first time since 1979, is "a huge step to making the Medicare system more transparent," CMS says. >>>

ICD-10 Delay Alters Provider, Vendor Prep

While the latest delay of ICD-10 has created some confusion, the CEO of AHIMA says providers, payers, and other stakeholders are doing what they can to prepare staff. Those that can afford it will try to teach both ICD-10 and ICD-9. >>>

Advance Directives: Let's Make a Law

One of healthcare's most prominent CEOs has a great idea for cutting healthcare costs—forcing Medicare recipients to complete a living will and medical power of attorney as a condition of receiving benefits. Unfortunately, implementing common sense measures like this is among the things Congress is worst at. >>>

Payment Reform Naysayers 'Better Wake Up'

More than a quarter of healthcare leaders have no faith that the shift to value-based payments is actually coming to their organizations. They're fooling themselves, says the CFO of a New York State healthcare system. >>>

Payers Expect 3 Percent Medicare Advantage Payment Cut

Despite an official prediction that MA health plan payment rates will be essentially unchanged in 2015, Cigna, Aetna, and Humana expect payments to fall next year. >>>



Marketing Spotlight

Webcast: Patient Experience & HCAHPS—Optimizing Touch Points and Training Internal Champions

Date: April 24, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Leaders from Community Health Systems and the Baird Group share marketing strategies for communicating patient experience imperatives and developing programs to reinforce them. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

Census survey revisions mask health law effects

The New York Times, April 16, 2014

Why doctor ratings are misleading

The Atlantic, April 15, 2014

Medicare reversed payment cuts, and not many are happy about it

The Washington Post, April 15, 2014

Sebelius praises Obamacare, concedes rollout was botched

Los Angeles Times, April 14, 2014

Turning the tables on healthcare

Vegas Inc., April 14, 2014

Opinion: Will patients 'like' the doctor who tells them they're dying?

CNN, April 11, 2014

Budget chief is Obama's choice as new health secretary

New York Times, April 11, 2014

Sebelius resigns after troubles over health site

New York Times, April 11, 2014

Study finds sicklier enrollees in earliest stage of health law

The New York Times, April 10, 2014

NJ hospital hit with lien over unpaid payroll taxes

NorthJersey.com, April 10, 2014



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Multimedia/Events

Webcast: Marketing-Physician Alignment—Balancing Priorities for Volume & Value

Date: May 22, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET As the industry shifts from volume to value, healthcare marketing's function expands from patient acquisition to strategic support and population health management. Join marketing leaders as they outline proven strategies for fostering growth and engagement to achieve both volume and value targets. Register Today >>>





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