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Hoping for Repeal is Not a Strategy
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

I'm up to my neck in surveys lately here at HealthLeaders Media. The report I'm working on now regards the level of readiness health systems have when it comes to health reform law. There's one striking conclusion: Some of you are pinning your hopes for your organization's long-term well-being on repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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  November 19, 2010

Editor's Picks
Hospital Groups Want Say in Health Reform Lawsuit
This is one of many challenges that are likely to be launched against the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, but it's interesting because it involves several strong hospital lobbying groups involved. Interestingly, the lawsuit is about the insurance coverage mandate in the law. Plaintiffs argue the requirement is unconstitutional, but hospitals are asking to join the lawsuit to argue that the mandate is essential for implementation of other aspects of the omnibus law. [Read More]
SGR Fix Gets Cool Industry Reception
The controversial sustainable growth rate formula that is slated to ultimately cut physician payments by 25% beginning Dec. 1 may be done away with by a new deficit-trimming proposal. The proposal would eliminate the SGR—an action the industry has been calling for—but still lower physician pay incrementally over the next decade. The key for policymakers, however, should be focused on whether physicians will actually leave Medicare in large numbers under such a plan. [Read More]
The Physician's Place in the ACO
All right, I wrote this month's magazine cover story, so take what I say with a grain of salt, but you should really check it out. It looks at the various paths of development we're likely to see as accountable care organizations develop. Many argue they will be critical to holding down costs and improving quality. But many doctors' roles will change. In what ways are they likely to change? I attempt to answer this question at an early phase of ACOs' development. Take a look. [Read More]
HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations
Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic and Norton Healthcare are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned. [Read More]
Intelligence Report: Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions
Brand-new research shows that 64% of healthcare leaders expect an increase in M&A activity between acute care hospitals and both diagnostic imaging and ambulatory surgery centers. As the transaction tide continues to rise, the newest HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report, Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions: Opportunities and Challenges, reveals key insights to help keep you afloat. [Learn More]
This Week's Headlines
Health Insurers, Are you Prepared for a Rainy Day?
HealthLeaders Media, November 17, 2010
Drug firms say they'll take closer look at the docs they pay
Propublica, November 18, 2010
Sides line up in renewed battle over healthcare legislation
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 18, 2010
Medicare, Medicaid quality plan unveiled
The Chicago Tribune, November 18, 2010
CMS Unveils ACA-Driven Innovation Center
HealthLeaders Media, November 16, 2010
AHRQ: Rate of Adverse Events in Medicare Cases 'Disturbing'
HealthLeaders Media, November 17, 2010
Expansion plan will keep Mount Vernon Hospital open
The Journal News, November 18, 2010
U.S. patients have more access to specialists, less to primary care
Kaiser Health News, November 18, 2010
Philadelphia employees have better health coverage — and it costs more
The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 18, 2010
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