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Advance Directives: Let's Make a Law

Philip Betbeze

One of healthcare's most prominent CEOs has a great idea for cutting healthcare costs—forcing Medicare recipients to complete a living will and medical power of attorney as a condition of receiving benefits. Unfortunately, implementing common sense measures like this is among the things Congress is worst at. >>>


Editor's Picks

Sebelius Resigning from HHS

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after a five-year tenure of landmark achievements and technical fiascos. President Obama will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace her. >>>

For Hospital CFOs, ICD-10 Delay a Costly Disappointment

Last week's surprise delay of ICD-10 implementation is a lose-lose-lose proposition for provider organizations: Costs will rise, physicians are likely to disengage, and the clinical benefits will be put off. >>>

Medicare Advantage Program Standards Tightening

The most significant change on tap to the ratings system is expected to be an increase in the star threshold for bonus payments to health plans, based on a wide array of quality standards. >>>

A Better Strategy for Dealing with Bad Physicians

While HR handles most personnel issues in hospitals, the use of professionalism committees is on the rise. Staffed by physicians, they confront peers who are exhibiting disruptive behavior and they provide counseling. >>>

Hospital Consolidation Explained in One M&A Deal

Duke LifePoint has agreed to spend more than half a billion dollars on Conemaugh Health System over the next 10 years. The CEOs at both organizations detail what drove them to this deal and why we can expect to see more like it. >>>

AMA Urges Caution with Medicare Doctor Data

The American Medical Association says the public should exercise caution when interpreting the 2012 Medicare payment data for physicians, saying "the manner in which CMS is broadly releasing physician claims data, without context, can lead to inaccuracies, misinterpretations and false conclusions." >>>

ACOs Show Uneven Progress

Just over half of the 114 organizations to join one of two Medicare accountable care organization efforts in 2012 report no decrease in health spending below targets during their first 12 months. >>>

Marketing Spotlight

Intelligence Report: The New Primary Care Model—A Patient-Centered Approach to Care Coordination

This report explores strategies to marshal scarce resources in a risk-sharing outcomes-based model while keeping patients at the center. Features case studies from Atlantic Accountable Care Organization, Oregon Health & Science University Family Medicine, and Taconic Independent Practice Association. Download Today >>>

News Headlines

Budget chief is Obama's choice as new health secretary

New York Times, April 11, 2014

Sebelius resigns after troubles over health site

New York Times, April 11, 2014

ICD-10 delay makes healthcare leaders juggle

InformationWeek, April 11, 2014

Federal data reveals some docs getting millions from Medicare / Associated Press, April 10, 2014

The top 10 Medicare billers explain why they charged $121M in one year

The Washington Post, April 10, 2014

An insurer bets on primary care doctors to lower costs

Bloomberg Businessweek, April 9, 2014

Blue Cross cuts back on painkiller prescriptions

The Boston Globe, April 9, 2014

What American healthcare can learn from Germany

The Atlantic, April 9, 2014

Nurses from North Adams Regional Hospital picket bankruptcy court, April 8, 2014

ACOs Show Uneven Progress

Greg Freeman, April 7, 2014

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