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White House Gets FTC to Heel
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

The Federal Trade Commission is looking for ways to relax its enforcement of antitrust actions against healthcare providers in order to facilitate the formation of so-called accountable care organizations. But what took so long? The healthcare industry, already hidebound by regulation, is facing drastic changes—from structures of care to reimbursement—time is of the essence.
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  October 8, 2010

Editor's Picks
IOM: Nurses Need More Education, Training
This story by my colleague Jeff Elliott caught my eye because of a story I caught on the local newscast over the weekend. Essentially, Nashville, Saint Thomas Healthcare was laying off a few dozen LPNs because they needed a better educated and trained nursing work force. While the local news angle was on the weeping and gnashing of teeth from nurses who either wouldn't or couldn't go back to school (with the system's help, I understand), I thought it was a good idea. With ranks of more than 3 million, nurses represent the largest workforce segment in healthcare. But if they are to have a greater impact on patient outcomes and safety, nurses require higher levels of education and better training, according to a report just released by the Institute of Medicine. [Read More]
Comparative Effectiveness Could Save Medicare Billions, Study Says
The "comparative effectiveness" of different treatments for the same medical condition became a hot-button issue in the healthcare reform debates. But despite federal funding for research into how to compare various treatments, the Affordable Care Act limits the ability of the federal government to draw on comparative effectiveness research to determine what can be covered under Medicare. Politics aside, using such research to determine how much to pay for newly covered services could yield billions of dollars in savings without threatening patient choice, according to a paper in the October issue of Health Affairs. [Read More]
Intelligence Report: Physician Alignment in an Era of Change
Hospitals are looking to employ more physicians and buy more medical groups; at the same time, hospitals are receiving an increase in inquiries from physician groups for employment. But this marriage is not without trepidation. Elements of payment reform are expected to put considerable strain on hospital-physician relations. In this exclusive, original research and analysis, we find out what 258 healthcare executives and clinical leaders think about these topics and more. [Read More]
Breakthroughs Report: Hospital Merger and Acquisition Strategies
The rules of healthcare are changing. Today, growth isn't about just getting bigger. It's about developing all of the components needed for coordinated care and reduced costs. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems that have seen the value of growth from mergers and acquisitions—North Shore LIJ Health System, Novant Health, Baylor Health Care System, and Bayhealth Medical Center—share insights and lessons learned. [Learn More]
Register Today for Lead Transformation: Accelerate Value, Quality, and Coordination
Join us October 21, live or virtually, for this complimentary, exclusive half-day leadership event that will bring leaders from top healthcare organizations to explore real paths to take today toward accountable care structures and define what medical home and patient-centered care mean for your healthcare organization. Recognized leaders and peer experts will be featured from: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Columbus Regional Hospital, Baptist Health System, Chenango Memorial Hospital, Network Health, Crystal Run Healthcare, Moffitt Cancer Center, Novant Health, and GE Healthcare, Americas. This event takes place October 21, 8:30 am—12:30 pm (CST) at The Fairmont in Dallas, Texas. To register call 800/753-0131or click here.
This Week's Headlines
How to Evaluate Patient Portal Efficiency
Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, October 5, 2010
ACO, MLR Specters Haunt Providers, Employers
Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media, October 6, 2010
Chicago Health Systems to Merge
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 7, 2010
Primary Care Playing Large Role in Mental Health Care
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 7, 2010
Lexington Medical Center Puts a New Spin on Video Testimonials
Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, October 6, 2010
Washington (DC) Hospital Center nurses' labor dispute reflects tensions across U.S.
The Washington Post, October 7, 2010
Healthcare reform law played role in merger between IHA, St. Joseph Mercy Health System, October 7, 2010
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