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PCMH: Shouldn't Patients Have Their Say?

Philip Betbeze

Recent research that casts a pall on the cost and quality effectiveness of the patient centered medical home is far from the final word on what patients—especially older, expensive ones—say they want from their physicians. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

CMS Poised to Announce ICD-10 Implementation Date

A two-day summit organized by the American Health Information Management Association has ended, and ICD-10 stakeholders say they are still waiting to hear from federal officials on a firm implementation date. >>>

Blum Latest Leader to Exit HHS

As the clock winds down on the Obama administration's final term, CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum joins what is becoming a steady stream of top federal officials leaving for new career opportunities. >>>

A 30-Day Mortality Rate Mystery

Daily death rates for cardiac surgery patients in one large study jumped at the 30-day mark. Was it because physicians were treating the performance measure instead of the patient? What are the unintended consequences of quality of care and performance measures, anyway? >>>

Managed Care Contract Negotiations Morph Under PPACA

Negotiating a managed care contract is not the same as it was even a few years ago. Now all of the power providers have in managed care negotiations is in their ability to prove that they can manage quality and cost more effectively than the next guy, says one expert. >>>

NFP Hospitals' Revenue Growth Outpaced by Expense Growth Rate

Factors contributing to a grim economic report from Moody's Investors Service include low rate increases from commercial payers, Medicare and Medicaid rate cuts, and a shift in payer mix to more governmental payers, says a Moody's analyst. >>>

MetroHealth Revs Its Population Health Engine

As the healthcare industry makes the move toward population health management, providers are finding innovative ways to positively affect the health status of their communities—and lower costs in the process. >>>

Slideshow: Healthcare Leaders on Clinical Services and Profit Margins

Seeking to cut costs or enhance margins, some hospitals and health systems consider dropping clinical services. Four healthcare leaders discuss profitability and other factors that must be weighed before making a determination on clinical services. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Cardio Services—Keeping Pace With the Pulse of Population Health

As healthcare providers broaden cardiovascular programs and invest more in population health, IT integration, and outpatient facilities, many face increased margin pressure. This report reveals the key differences between stand-alone hospitals and health systems and how partners across the care continuum will play a greater role in helping to meet both patient needs and financial goals. Download Today >>>



News Headlines

Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital's secret list

CNN, April 25, 2014

Oregon to abandon Obamacare exchange

The Hill, April 25, 2014

Rural hospitals face tough choices on computerized records

Kaiser Health News, April 25, 2014

RAND: Medicare should weigh cost in coverage decisions

Kaiser Health News, April 25, 2014

Medicare's $5 billion ambulance tab signals area of abuse

Bloomberg, April 24, 2014

Study questions Obamacare impact on canceled plans

Politico, April 24, 2014

In Seattle, insurers and hospitals complain about new rules

Kaiser Health News / The Seattle Times, April 24, 2014

Court strikes down OH hospital merger

The Wall Street Journal, April 23, 2014

Male MDs earn way more than females in Medicare

CNBC.com, April 23, 2014

Business tax on Bellingham WA hospital could mean $1.2 million a year for city

The Bellingham Herald, April 23, 2014



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Webcast: Hospital-Hospice Collaboration to Improve Palliative Care Outcomes

Date: June 12, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Hospitals and ACOs are building partnerships with organizations such as hospices to reduce hospital readmissions, mortality rates and treatment costs among this patient population. Join leaders from both sides of the collaboration as they share tested strategies for building effective hospice-hospital partnerships to improve clinical and financial outcomes. Register Today >>>




From HealthLeaders Magazine

Physicians at the Crossroads

Doctors are facing critical decisions that will affect their future role in healthcare delivery, especially when it comes to developing care and payment models. >>>

 

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