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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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89 ACOs Open for Business

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 10, 2012

The launch of 89 accountable care organizations in 40 states on July 1 means more than 2.4 million Medicare beneficiaries are receiving care from shared savings ACOs, federal officials say.

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Medicare Proposal Ties Stricter Quality Measures to ESRD Payments

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 10, 2012

Kidney dialysis centers would have to work within stricter quality guidelines under a proposed incentive payment program for care delivered to patients with end-stage renal disease.

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Healthcare Creates 169K Jobs Halfway Through 2012

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 9, 2012

The healthcare industry created 13,000 jobs in June, a significant drop from the sector's 33,300 new jobs in May. Nevertheless, Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that the sector created nearly 19% of all jobs created in the overall economy so far this year.

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4 Perspectives on What Financial Leaders Must Do Next

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, July 9, 2012

Four perspectives from this year's Healthcare Financial Management Association annual conference—from a banker, a ratings expert, a U.S. Comptroller, and the HFMA chair—warn CFOs that there is no choice but to continue full speed ahead to achieve better care at a reduced cost.

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Intelligence Report: Clinical Quality—Data is the Key to Survival

By: July 10, 2012

Healthcare organizations today overwhelmingly track clinical quality outcomes and patient safety metrics. However, while 76% are implementing EHRs, only 44% say the systems benefit patient safety, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report or Premium version with exclusive research and analysis.

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Webcast: 2 Proven Strategies to Reduce Nurse Labor Costs

By: July 6, 2012

Date: July 24, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
How do you reduce nurse labor expenses without sacrificing quality of care? Gain actionable strategies to optimize nurse schedules for maximum cost savings; create a deep float pool; and drastically cut the need for staffing agency nurses. Industry experts provide proven tactics in this customized webcast.

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