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Should Hospital CEO Salaries Be Cut If Care Quality Fails?
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
Pay for performance—finding ways to reward healthcare providers for achieving high-quality care for their patients—has become a popular topic across the country. But can this idea apply across-the-board to hospital CEOs as well? [Read More]
May 6, 2010
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Quality May Get Attention of Medicare Advantage Plans with Rebate Promise
Medicare Advantage plans—faced with funding cuts starting in 2011 under the new healthcare reform law—may be taking a greater interest in providing quality care. Starting in 2012, their payments will be tied to the rating scores that are now posted on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Web site and Plan Finder, a Web tool designed to help beneficiaries select Medicare Advantage plans. [Read More]

CDC, Premier Test Effectiveness of Infection Prevention Tool
A joint research initiative to test new technologies for predicting incidents of central line associated bloodstream infections will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Premier healthcare alliance. The reporting of these adverse events will be automatically sent to the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network, the groups announced. [Read More]

NIH Panel Finds Evidence Lacking Regarding Alzheimer's Preventive Measures
An independent panel convened by the National Institutes of Health concluded that the value of preventive strategies—such as mental stimulation, exercise, or dietary supplements—for delaying the onset or reduction in the severity of decline of Alzheimer's disease has not been demonstrated in rigorous studies. [Read More]

Independence Blue Cross Adds $47M in New Physician Payment Model
Independence Blue Cross will offer $47 million in pay raises for primary care physicians in its southeastern Pennsylvania provider network, including $33 million to incentivize better patient outcomes, the Philadelphia-based health insurer announced. [Read More]

Breakthroughs: The Impact of Personalized Medicine Today
Take a look at how progressive health systems, medical researchers, and physicians are working together to bring the practical benefits of personalized medicine to the frontlines of healthcare delivery. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Partners HealthCare, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center share insights and the lessons learned that will help you explore the current and near-term impact of personalized medicine, determine whether your healthcare information technology foundation is ready for the opportunity, and see where lab research and clinical practice are overlapping. [Read More]
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