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Doctors Differ In Diagnosing Supreme Court Ruling

Joe Cantlupe

With the U.S. Supreme Court generally reaffirming the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, physicians are trying to decipher their own diagnosis for what's ahead. They appear to be diverging along two paths: embracing the court decision with some enthusiasm, or stepping up their political activism. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Consumer Reports Rates Hospital Safety

The consumer publication's new hospital rating system uses only publicly available data, including patient experience data, and is aimed at hospital CEOs and boards as well as healthcare consumers. >>>

Assessing Ambulatory Service Centers

Under the healthcare reform law, Medicare-eligible ASCs will soon be required to submit reports on five quality measures or face a 2% payment reduction. Surgical center quality scores will be published on a website, in the vein of Hospital Compare. But will outcomes be affected? >>>

Building a Top Cath Lab in 10 Not-So-Easy Steps

The interventional cardiology program at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York handles almost 20,000 cases per year with very low complication and mortality rates. Critical to the program's success is a set of 10 protocols captured in a 150-page book. >>>

Infection Control on a Shoestring Budget

Nurses at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center lead the charge toward reducing VAP and CLABSIs to nearly zero, using "very low-tech, cheap, easy, obvious kind of stuff." >>>

Hospital Leaders Ponder Impact of Political Uncertainty

Even though the U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, there remains uncertainty around healthcare reform. Yet leaders are forging ahead with the things they can count on: changing reimbursements and a need to lower costs. >>>

Hospital's Drug Diversion Nightmare Spawns Multiple Infections

A small New Hampshire hospital has a big problem allegedly stemming from one clinical employee's drug problem. Now leaders at Exeter Hospital are dealing with a growing list of hepatitis C-infected patients, multiple government investigations, and at least three class action lawsuits. >>>



NEW Breakthroughs Report

The Promise of Healthcare Analytics

Healthcare is rich in data. The challenge for healthcare organizations is to make sense of the morass of clinical, financial, and operational information generated. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, four leading healthcare organizations—Brigham and Women's Hospital, St. Luke's University Health Network, Charleston Area Medical Center, and BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina—share insights and lessons learned. >>>



News Headlines

Aetna suit by doctors escalates out-of-network dispute

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, July 5, 2012

When patients demand tests and prescriptions, doctors should think twice

The Washington Post, July 5, 2012

Hospitals invest in moving patients

Chicago Tribune, July 5, 2012

Should we expand imperfect treatments, or create new ones?

The Atlantic, July 5, 2012

OK hospitals putting focus on palliative care

Tulsa World, July 5, 2012

Doctors may fear being rated, but they often score high with their patients

The Washington Post, July 3, 2012

Devil's in the details for doctor transparency

The Atlantic, July 3, 2012

AMA's new president on the future of healthcare

The Washington Post, July 2, 2012

Providers, Payers Largely Favor PPACA Decision

HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2012

Gawande: Something wicked this way comes

The New Yorker, June 29, 2012



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Breakthroughs Report: Strategic Solutions for the Readmissions Challenge

Successfully preventing readmissions requires many players to fill the gaps in the care continuum. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, we examine how four leading health systems—Griffin Hospital, Parkview Health, Sarasota Memorial HealthCare System, and UPMC Hamot—are moving the needle. >>>


Rounds: Excellence in Cardiac Care—Elements of Success from The Mount Sinai Medical Center

Date: July 18, 12:00–3:00 p.m. ET
How do you balance the latest in advanced cardiovascular treatment with market growth? Join HealthLeaders Media and the cardiovascular team at The Mount Sinai Medical Center to learn how Sinai has reinvented one of the top cardiovascular enterprises in the country. >>>



From HealthLeaders Magazine

 

Shaping Sustainable Cost Control

Successfully shifting from tactical to strategic expense reduction has become a healthcare industry imperative. >>>

 

Reform in the Trenches

 

Creeping Toward Care Coordination



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