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Three Ways to Survive Cutthroat Competition in Healthcare
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

Though building and maintaining a successful and thriving hospital in today's healthcare environment isn't easy, and challenges are numerous, cutthroat competition among providers isn't really one of them. But that's likely to change.
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  September 18, 2009

Editor's Picks
Five Health Leaders Respond to Baucus Bill
Here's another good piece from my colleague Les Masterson featuring feedback from leaders of several healthcare organizations on the specifics of the Baucus healthcare reform bill, including Scripps CEO Chris Van Gorder, AMA President J. James Rohack, A. Mark Fendrick, co-director of the University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design, and Karen Ignagni, president of America's Health Insurance Plans. [Read More]
Hospitals Could Suffer From Public Plan
Take a look at this excellent piece from my colleague Cheryl Clark on the pitfalls a public health plan option could mean for hospitals. Essentially a positive for hospital finance at inception, the public plan could turn negative for hospitals as more and more formerly privately insured people join the plan, which would presumably not reimburse as generously as private plans currently do. Full disclosure: the study was funded by America's Health Insurance Plans, which is adamantly opposed to a public option. [Read More]
Health Leaders Voice Their Opinions About House Health Reform Bill
The House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which includes top leadership shepherding the tri-committee healthcare reform bill (HR 3200) through the House, received feedback on the bill from several provider groups and other healthcare experts during a healthcare reform forum Tuesday on Capitol Hill. [Read More]
Community Hospitals May Provide Higher Quality, Value
Some of the highest value hospital care actually may be provided by community-based hospitals, according to my colleague Janice Simmons, who examines the 2009-2010 Hospital Value Index that ranks hospitals by an analysis using publicly available data on quality, affordability, efficiency, and patient satisfaction performance data. If all hospitals across the country performed at the average benchmark for the "best in value" hospitals, about 9.3% of costs—or approximately $60 billion—could be eliminated from annual hospital spending. [Read More]
Mandated health insurance squeezes those in the middle
As lawmakers debate legislation aiming to extend coverage to the uninsured, one of the most sweeping proposals has so far provoked relatively little debate: a requirement that nearly all Americans carry health insurance. Subsidies for premiums would help low-income families gain coverage, while the prospect of fines would prod others to buy insurance. But some examples in Massachusetts, which already has an individual mandate, show how difficult it could be to bring into the insurance pool the millions of consumers who make too much money to qualify for assistance, yet not enough to bear the full cost of new policies on their own. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
From Finance chief, a bill that may weather the blows
Washington Post - September 17, 2009
Nonprofit hospitals dodge excise-tax bullet in Baucus bill
Wall Street Journal - September 18, 2009
Baucus' Senate health bill draws fire from both sides
New York Times - September 16, 2009
Confront, Correct, Counsel Disruptive Physicians
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - September 15, 2009
AHIP Study: Medicare Advantage Provides Better Care Than FFS Medicare
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - September 16, 2009
Obama rallies labor in fight for healthcare reform
Washington Post - September 16, 2009
Emory University cancer center director steps down
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - September 16, 2009
Silver Cross set to open medical center in New Lenox, IL
Chicago Tribune - September 16, 2009
Webcasts/Audio conferences
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Marketing to Physicians: Build Relationships to Increase Referrals (October 22)
Service Lines Strategies Workshop 2009: Gastroenterology (On Demand)
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The Patient of the Future

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Physicians suggest. Patients ignore. Technology alone won't bring them together. But a new relationship just might. [Read More]
Service Line Management
Certifiable Stroke Care

With a growing emphasis on stroke center certification, hospitals must demonstrate that they have the teams in place to treat stroke patients quickly and effectively, or risk losing patients to a competitor down the road. [Read More]
View from the Top

Getting Rid of "Friction" in Healthcare Friction occurs when an object moving through space, encounters resistance, slows down, and has its forward energy diverted, says contributor Fletcher Lance. In the world of healthcare, friction is a term that has become synonymous with paperwork, he says. [Read More]
Audio Feature

Making the Most of Physician Alignment: I spoke recently with Arthur "Bud" McDowell, MD, vice president of Clinical Affairs for Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT. We discussed physician alignment s