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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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1 in 5 ED Patients Referred By Primary Care Doctors

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 29, 2012

A CDC survey finds that nearly four in five emergency department patients said they went there because they had nowhere else to go. The rest said they sought the ED because their primary care doctor sent them.

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Rounds Preview: Developing True Team Medicine

By: Jim Molpus, for HealthLeaders Media, May 29, 2012

Oakland, Calif.–based Kaiser Permanente, even with its massive scale of 8.9 million health plan members, more than 16,000 physicians, and 170,000 employees, is built around the team medicine concept. This is an excerpt from a fuller case study which accompanies the May 30th Rounds event, Building ACO Foundations: Lessons From Kaiser Permanente's Integrated Delivery Model.

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Aetna Establishes a Beachhead at Costco

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 29, 2012

Aetna and Costco have expanded into nine states with their cobranded health plan, with two more pending regulatory review. As health insurance sales shift to direct-to-consumer models, Aetna attempts to tap into Costco's successful retail strategy.

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The Power of Plugged-In Physicians

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, May 25, 2012

To engage their physicians, healthcare leaders must empower them to change their own work patterns. The Mayo Clinic's YES Board shows that, when allowed to improve workflows and technology, physicians can make life- and cash-saving interventions.

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Webcast: Tactics for Valuing Medical Practices—Buying, Selling and Mergers

By: May 15, 2012

Date: May 31, 2012
About: From administrative issues to physician compensation, timing, and cultural fit, hospital and physician leaders must respond to the key motivations and market realities that come with buying or selling a physician practice. Get the strategies you need in a customized webcast.

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