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Former Healthcare CEOs Should Take a Hike
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

Most hospital and health system chiefs have spent so many years working the daylights out of the position that even in retirement, the thought of having nothing at all to do with the institution would be out of the question. But it's probably what they should do—at least for a couple of years. Why? Because their involvement could be damaging.
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  October 29, 2010

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The reality is that everyone will protect their own interests, which has health plans knocking on doors in Washington, making sure federal agencies are aware that collaboration among already powerful healthcare providers under the ACO model also includes the risk of collusion. My colleague Jeff Elliott has an interesting take on how health plans might throw a wrench in ACO formation. [Read More]
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This Week's Headlines
Doctor-owned hospitals race to beat Medicare deadline
USA Today, October 28, 2010
Parkland Hospital unveils new hospital design
The Dallas Morning News, October 28, 2010
Medicare Cheat Used Homeless in Fraud Scheme
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 28, 2010
Unions say Hartford Hospital violated privacy rights
The Hartford Courant, October 28, 2010
Harvard gets $30M to create center to lift primary care
The Boston Globe, October 28, 2010
University of Michigan Health System teaming up with 570 doctors
The Grand Rapids Press, October 28, 2010
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