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Rising How to Achieve Physician Practice Integration
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

Thanks to a host of factors, hospitals now have the upper hand in physician practice acquisition. The real work is not in negotiating the deals, but in ensuring accountability, quality, and productivity at a time when excellent performance on those measures is financially rewarded.
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  July 15, 2011

 
Editor's Picks
Revascularization of AMI Patients Persists Despite No Demonstrated Benefit
In a situation that illustrates the difficulty of solving the problem of uncontrollable healthcare cost increases, hospital teams commonly perform revascularization procedures more than 24 hours after patients have experienced acute myocardial infarction even though studies have found no benefit because too much muscle damage has already occurred. The procedure, at least partially, persists because it's reimbursed. [Read More]
Marketing a Merger: Assessing the Brand, Forming a Culture
According to the 2011 HealthLeaders Industry Survey, 46% of health leaders are contemplating merger or acquisition activity. The track to consolidation or integration of an organization involves a high level of external and internal communication, brand analysis, and alignment across multiple organizations. Over the next few months we'll be checking in with three organizations that recently announced plans to merge. [Read More]
AHA: Critical Access Hospital Study 'Distorted'
A study about the quality of critical access hospitals published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that critical access hospitals have fewer clinical capabilities, worse measured processes of care, and higher mortality rates for patients with three common conditions, compared to non-CAHs. The study has ruffled a few feathers. [Read More]
15 HCAHPS Buzzwords Every Provider Should Know
The value-based purchasing sweepstakes race is on. It's hospital against hospital in a national contest to see which acute care teams can please their patients the most on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. Knowing the lingo is key. [Read More]
Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs
Date: August 16, 2011
What: Attend on-site or participate via live webcast. Get accountable care strategies from ACO pioneers Norton Healthcare, Humana, and Palmetto Health—first movers who already have experienced the challenges of building a new framework for healthcare delivery.
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Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era
Date: July 20, 2011
What: Integration will be the key to success in the accountable care era, whether your organization develops an official ACO or not. Organizations must develop strong relationships with employed and affiliated physicians. Join us to get alignment strategies to thrive in an increasingly integrated industry.
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This Week's Headlines
Senators Batter CMS Over Anti-Fraud Efforts
HealthLeaders Media, July 14, 2011
Rationing care or controlling costs? Medicare board takes heat on the Hill
PBS News Hour, July 14, 2011
CDC Seeks to Improve Ambulatory Care Safety
HealthLeaders Media, July 14, 2011
Stakeholders React to Proposed HIX Rules
HealthLeaders Media, July 14, 2011
NJ Supreme Court denies hospital appeal
The Record, July 14, 2011
MO law targets incompetent doctors
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 14, 2011
WellStar hospital to create 300 new jobs in GA
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 14, 2011
Drug Shortages Increasing at 'Alarming Rate,' Says AHA
HealthLeaders Media, July 13, 2011
GOP's proposed cuts would only shift healthcare costs
Wall Street Journal, July 13, 2011
CA prison doc paid $777K for doing little or nothing
Los Angeles Times, July 13, 2011
 
Webcasts/Rounds

July 20: Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era

July 27: Webcast: Creating an ACO Marketing Language

August 16: The Real Value of ACOs

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