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Healthcare Consolidation Happens Quickly in Kentucky
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

Experts have been predicting consolidation in the healthcare industry for years. Two announcements that came blowing out of Kentucky last month have convinced me it's for real this time.
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  December 17, 2010

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Obama Signs 'Doc Fix' Bill
The annual Washington craziness is back again for the holiday season, after President Obama signed a bill that delays a dreaded 25% pay cut for physicians who treat Medicare and military patients. Medical groups said was sorely needed to maintain access to quality care for seniors, as they do each year, in an effort to force Congress to end-run one of its own laws. Ho-hum. Implementation of the formula, which is based on the economy and how much Medicare spends, has been delayed consistently since 2002, and in that time the percentage of pay cut has steadily grown. Each time, physician groups and others who demanded a permanent fix criticized Congress for "kicking this can down the road one more time" rather than permanently repealing it. [Read More]
6 Health Systems Team with Dartmouth to Study Quality, Costs
Billed as a first-of-its-kind program, six leading health systems have announced that they are collaborating with the Dartmouth Institute to share information on outcomes, quality, and healthcare costs across a range of common conditions and treatments. [Read More]
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Given the shortage of primary care physicians and the increasingly competitive physician market, you need both proven best-practice strategies and innovative new ideas to recruit, retain, and align your primary care physicians. Join HealthLeaders Media on January 25, at 1 p.m. (EST) for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, to learn how to develop primary care networks that improve outcomes and care coordination for your community. [Read More]
New Intelligence Report: Reform Readiness
As the healthcare industry prepares for fundamental change under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report reveals that 60% of healthcare leaders say neither the quality nor the efficiency of healthcare at their organization will get any better under healthcare reform. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis. [Learn More]
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