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5 Physicians with Stories to Tell
Cora Nucci, Senior Online Editor
Some of the most memorable healthcare leaders we've interviewed and written about at HealthLeaders this year are not the ones who run complex medical institutions. Their work is admirable, to be sure, but it stands separate from doctors who live and practice in places, far from cities, where the pace is slower and healthcare can be hard to come by. [Read More]
December 8, 2010
Editor's Picks

20 People Who Make Healthcare Better
In our annual HealthLeaders 20, we profile individuals who are changing healthcare for the better. Some are longtime industry fixtures; others would clearly be considered outsiders. Some are revered; others would not win many popularity contests. All of them are playing a crucial role in making the healthcare industry better. These are their stories. [Read More]

Why Geographic Variation in Medicare Spending Matters
Medicare spending per capita varies almost threefold between the lowest and highest spending regions in the nation, research shows. The reasons why are debatable, but the implication for hospitals is clear: the government is taking steps to adjust the Medicare system to account for those variations. And the bottom line is this: hospitals are expected to take the lead on developing the process and infrastructure necessary to receive and distribute bundled payments from Medicare. [Read More]

Physicians Harbor Outrage, Survey Shows
The nonprofit Physician Foundation, a grant-making organization committed to improving the "medical practice environment" for physicians and patients, has released a survey that loosk at physicians' opinions about the state of healthcare. Short version: not good. [Read More]

Breakthroughs Report: Future Healthcare and Collaboration
Explore strategies to accelerate the drive toward more cost-efficient and quality healthcare. In this new HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—Virtua, Crouse Hospital, Heartland Health, and The Chester County Hospital—share insights and lessons learned. [Read More]

Intelligence Report: Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions
Brand-new research shows that 64% of healthcare leaders expect an increase in M&A activity between acute care hospitals and both diagnostic imaging and ambulatory surgery centers. As the transaction tide continues to rise, the newest HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report, Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions: Opportunities and Challenges, reveals key insights to help keep you afloat. [Read More ]

Webcast: Tactics to Measure Financial ROI for Marketing Efforts
Proving marketing ROI is both critical to do, yet often hard to do. In this economic and competitive environment, the stakes are high-you need to show the efficacy of your marketing dollars through a commitment to measuring your efforts beyond brand awareness. Join HealthLeaders Media on December 13 for this 90-minute Webcast and Q&A to get specific how-to's on demonstrable marketing efficacy with case studies from Chester County Hospital and Fairview Health Services. [Register today]
Leaders Forum

It is Time to Act
With the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, along with the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act, major change will be coming to the way healthcare is organized, delivered, and managed in the United States. Healthcare leaders have been dealing with constant change for the past 30 years, but now the rate of change will need to accelerate in order to achieve success in a reformed healthcare environment. [Read More]

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This Week's Headlines

Job Growth Continues for Healthcare Sector
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 6, 2010
Arizona Medicaid cuts seen as a sign of the times
The New York Times, December 7, 2010
RAC-Withdrawn Reviews, Explained
James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, December 3, 2010
Hospital Admissions, ED Visits for Dog Bites Surge
Cheryl Clark for HealthLeaders Media, December 3, 2010
Family Health Plan Premiums 'Increasingly Unaffordable'
Jeff Elliott, for HealthLeaders Media, December 6, 2010

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The Physician's Place in the ACO
  Development of accountable care organizations may be critical to holding down costs and improving quality. But how will doctors' roles change?[Read More]