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Pork and Promises Won't Fix VA Hospital Mess

Philip Betbeze

Based on the bills in conference, legislation to fix the Veterans Administration healthcare system will do little more than paper over problems that result from a fundamentally bad design. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Transitioning to Bundled Payments

Taking a more strategic approach to payer relationships may be the key to surviving new reimbursements models. >>>

Beware the Reimbursement Gap

If a patient doesn't pay his health insurance premiums, the insurer doesn't have to pay the provider for care rendered during the grace period. That means that up to two months of provider services may not be reimbursed. >>>

Alexian, Adventist to Create 'JOC' in Chicago

Described as "neither a merger nor an acquisition," the deal between Alexian Brothers Health System and Adventist Health to form a "joint operating company" is intended to reduce overhead and improve economies of scale as they move toward population health models. >>>

Physicians Lead Most, Best ACOs

The transition to value-based healthcare requires strong physician leaders. Physician engagement is the most critical factor for ACO success. But financing and working across the care continuum are challenges for physician-led ACOs. >>>

HFMA ANI: Tackling Healthcare's Ever-Growing Complexity

Even though reimbursements remain heavily tilted to fee-for-service, healthcare organizations are making big mistakes if they aren't marrying clinical and financial metrics and engaging in data analytics, says HFMA's president. >>>

Tenet Opens Population Health Campus

Resolute Health Hospital is a test lab for population health that links all providers in Tenet Healthcare's network and the hospital on a single EMR to coordinate care. >>>

Take Advantage of ICD-10 Delay

It's not too soon to start coordinating with referral partners, planning for the increased workload that will come with ICD-10, and making sure that provisions for dual coding are in place. >>>

Wellpoint Gives Voice to Physician Leaders

A social media initiative gives future physician leaders a platform from which to share their ideas on healthcare in an effort to boost debate and engagement within and beyond the medical community. >>>



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Roundtable: Life After Acquisition

HealthLeaders Media recently joined with four executives for an in-depth conversation on the trends that are driving acquisitions and the steps that are needed to ensure successful integration once the transaction is complete. Free Download >>>



News Headlines

US healthcare profit outlook brightens on Obamacare, drug prices

Reuters, June 27, 2014

Decline in healthcare spending drives hospitals down

Bloomberg, June 27, 2014

Veterans Affairs turns to HCA exec for help

The Tennessean, June 27, 2014

Healthcare spending falls despite Obamacare enrollments

The Hill, June 26, 2014

Medicare: Predictive analytics working to fight fraud

The Hill, June 26, 2014

Free the data: Goals for meaningful use stage 3

InformationWeek, June 26, 2014

House, Senate begin compromise talks on vets healthcare bill

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, June 25, 2014

Hospital employee alleges ongoing cover-up at Phoenix VA hospital

Star Tribune / Associated Press, June 25, 2014

Orlando Health decides against possible merger

Orlando Sentinel, June 25, 2014

Pharmaceutical companies accuse hospitals of misusing discounts

NPR, June 24, 2014



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New Goals, New Alliances

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