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Treat Your Doctors Like Pilots
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

As many of you loyal readers know, I spent the early part of this week at HFMA's Annual National Institute in Las Vegas. One of the things I like to do at these shows is talk to vendors and their customers about what's bothering them and what's been successful in their efforts to improve their organizations—mostly hospitals and health systems. One of the most interesting of those conversations came with Paul Weygandt, MD, who happens to be not only an orthopedic surgeon, but is also a lawyer with an MBA—and is a private pilot.
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  June 25, 2010

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What Meaningful Use Means for Health Plans
If you're ready for the government's meaningful use standards as they pertain to healthcare IT, you're probably ready for similar standards with which commercial insurers plan to incent hospitals and health systems, as well as physician offices. My colleague Elyas Bakhtiari says that in fact, many insurers are already looking into ways to follow in the government's footsteps with their own incentives and penalties that will closely mirror the final meaningful use criteria. [Read More]
President Says Insurers Need to Justify Premium Increases
After meeting with top insurance industry officials and several state insurance commissioners on Tuesday, President Barack Obama unveiled a package of interim final rules that make up what the administration calls a Patients' Bill of Rights. The rules will implement various insurance reforms mandated by the new law and will take effect 60 days after publication in the June 28 Federal Register. The overall tone of the meeting with health insurance executives at the White House seemed at times conciliatory, says my colleague Janice Simmons, but it's clear that there's the threat of a big stick behind these new rules. [Read More]
CIGNA enlists firm to fight hospital readmissions
This story perhaps didn't get the play it deserved in its hometown paper, but an agreement between CIGNA and a home healthcare company that is meant to prevent readmissions to the hospital will be an interesting test to see whether the health plan can prevent readmissions of its sickest beneficiaries. [Read More]
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