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Health Plans Join Prescription Painkiller Abuse Battle

Christopher Cheney, Editor for HealthLeaders Media

For the past decade, healthcare providers have been in the vanguard of efforts to combat the abuse and diversion of opioid pain medications such as OxyContin. Now state and federal officials and health plans are joining the fray. >>>

 

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Physician: 'I Almost Killed a Patient' Because of an Advance Directive

While advance medical directives can be a benefit to patients, families, and healthcare costs, misinterpretation of these documents by clinicians is common, says a prominent emergency medicine physician, and can lead to irreversible medical errors. >>>

IPPS Proposed Rule Pinches Hospitals

The impact of proposed changes to Medicare's Inpatient Prospective Payment System in 2015 will vary from hospital to hospital, but federal officials predict providers will take a $241 million payment hit next year. >>>

Telemedicine Still Facing Barriers in Many States

Outdated laws and other obstacles have prevented providers from being able to use telemedicine to reach patients to its full potential, but with healthcare reform in full swing, those barriers are slowly disappearing. >>>

Hospital Rankings: The More, the Murkier

Once the stuff of health policy journals, hospital rankings based on public data are easily accessible to providers, payers, and patients. Therein lies the problem. >>>

Retire ICD-9 Before it Turns 40

ICD-9, envisioned in 1975 and oblivious to all that has occurred in the ensuing 39 years of medicine, needs to go. Everyone in healthcare knows it. >>>

Find Deeper Healthcare Supply Chain Savings

Having already picked most of the low-hanging fruit, provider organizations are looking for—and finding—new ways to spend less on materials. >>>

Medicare Payment Changes Garner Approval of FQHC Advocates

Under the proposed prospective payment scheme, Medicare will pay Federally Qualified Health Centers a single encounter rate per beneficiary per day for all services provided, with some exceptions. >>>

Slideshow: The New Primary Care Model—A Patient-Centered Approach to Care Coordination

The contemporary primary care practice is at the crossroads of healthcare reform efforts. As the focus of reform shifts to prevention, care of chronic illness, and population health, the primary care physician will play a pivotal role. >>>



LIVE Webcast

Webcast: Hospital-Hospice Collaboration to Improve Palliative Care Outcomes

Date: June 12, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Hospitals and ACOs are building partnerships with organizations such as hospices to reduce hospital readmissions, mortality rates and treatment costs among this patient population. Join leaders from both sides of the collaboration as they share tested strategies for building effective hospice-hospital partnerships to improve clinical and financial outcomes. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

Lawmakers advance next Louisiana hospital privatization plan

The Kansas City Star / Associated Press, May 7, 2014

Tenet CEO: Obamacare has not freed up our ERs

CNBC, May 7, 2014

Hopkins cancer center gets $65 million gift

The Baltimore Sun, May 7, 2014

Orlando eye doctor accused of $7 million in Medicare fraud

Orlando Sentinel, May 7, 2014

Fewer in US lack health insurance, but issues remain

Reuters, May 6, 2014

Death rate fell in MA after healthcare overhaul

The New York Times, May 6, 2014

If healthcare usage is surging, where are the healthcare jobs?

Los Angeles Times, May 6, 2014

MA discarding broken Obamacare site

The Hill, May 6, 2014

Healthcare spending surges in first quarter

USA Today, May 5, 2014

Feds reject LSU hospital deals

ABC News / Associated Press, May 5, 2014



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

Physicians at the Crossroads

Doctors are facing critical decisions that will affect their future role in healthcare delivery, especially when it comes to developing care and payment models. >>>

 

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