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  May 31, 2012 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

Don't Count on SGR Reform This Year

Joe Cantlupe

While the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee is seeking input from physician groups about ideas for the controversial sustainable growth rate formula, the odds are that Congress isn't going to do much about it this year. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

The Power of Plugged-In Physicians

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. >>>

Slideshow: Emergency Departments Focus on Flow

Patient flow is among the greatest challenges in the emergency department. Hospital leaders are strategizing to reduce congestion, cut wait times, and improve care coordination. View data from the most recent HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report in this slideshow. >>>

1 in 5 ED Patients Referred By Primary Care Doctors

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. >>>

Physicians Ask Congress for SGR Alternatives

Doctors' advocates are asking Congress to scrap Medicare's widely reviled sustainable growth rate payment scheme and replace it with flexible payment options that reward quality and efficiency. >>>

Five Hospitals Share Three Secrets to Improve Knee Surgery Outcomes

When surgeons at five healthcare systems shared their individual processes for 11,000 knee replacement operations, three best practices emerged that reduced lengths of stay, lowered readmission rates, and improved other outcomes for hospitals that embraced them. >>>



NEW LIVE Webcast

Prevent 30-Day Readmissions

Date: June 27, 2012 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Join us for readmissions approaches that work. You’ll leave this interactive webcast with strategies to standardize care protocols for cardiac and pneumonia patients, improve federal funding for these initiatives, and assess and assign patient risk for readmission, including Medicare FFS patients. >>>



News Headlines

1 in 3 Medi-Cal Enrollees Delay Care on Cost Concerns

HealthLeaders Media, May 31, 2012

IT could end up being health reform's highest hurdle

Politico, May 31, 2012

Experts question whether MA can reduce healthcare costs

The Washington Post, May 31, 2012

HCA doctors complain about firing

Miami Herald, May 31, 2012

EHRs show no effect on diabetes care

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, May 31, 2012

HCAHPS Scores Show Wide Variation

HealthLeaders Media, May 30, 2012

MA debates 'death with dignity'

The New York Times, May 30, 2012

X-rays and iPads: The network healthcare evolution

Ars Technica, May 30, 2012

Rounds Preview: Developing True Team Medicine

HealthLeaders Media, May 29, 2012

Cancer doctors put competition aside to share treatment options

The Washington Post, May 25, 2012



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Multimedia/Events

LIVE Webcast: Medical Home—Prime Your Organization for Launch

Date: June 15, 2012 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Is establishing a medical home the right fit for your organization? Move beyond the buzz and learn from experts about the realities of assessing readiness and preparing for medical homes, including physician buy-in, transitioning, standardizing care regardless of payer restrictions, and reimbursement structure. Get the strategies you need in a customized webcast with a Q&A, an online forum, a takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access. >>>



From HealthLeaders Magazine

 

ACO Blueprints: Options in Accountability

As the healthcare industry moves away from a transaction-based system, leading organizations are exploring accountable care models of various types. >>>

 

Aetna Building National ACO Network

 

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