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Hospital-Backed Venture Fund Bets on Incentive to Fuel Innovation
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

Community Health Systems, Vanguard Health Systems, and Lifepoint Hospitals have partnered with two nonprofit health systems to form a strategic venture fund. Is it strange? A little. Is it a good idea? Probably.
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  January 28, 2011

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How HHS is Stoking the Fires of Healthcare Reform Controversy
Our Jeff Elliott has an interesting take on the Department of Health & Human Services' recent push to lobby on behalf of the current healthcare reform law. Never mind the question of whether a government agency should be actively lobbying for a certain political outcome as Republican House members moved to vote on a largely symbolic repeal of the law. The real question about this particular attempt is how wildly inaccurate and misleading parts of it are. [Read More]
Wall Street Journal files suit to open Medicare database
The publisher of The Wall Street Journal filed suit this week to overturn a decades-long court order barring public access to a confidential Medicare database it says is essential to rooting out fraud and abuse in the government healthcare program. The American Medical Association, the doctors' trade group, successfully sued the government in 1979 to keep secret how much money individual doctors receive from Medicare, and the ruling still stands. [Read More]
CMS Issues Guidance on Hospital Inpatient Admissions
Medical necessity determinations are not just a hot button issue with Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs), but also with the other 'usual suspect' government auditors: Medicare administrative contractors (MACs), fiscal intermediaries (FIs), and comprehensive error rate testing (CERT) contractors. So much, in fact, that CMS has released educational guidance to assist hospitals regarding inpatient admission decisions. [Read More]
Healthcare Lobby Reacts to Obama SOTU
Our John Commins reports that most healthcare lobbying groups praised the overall message of the President's State of the Union address, but vowed to work with both political parties to improve their own standing in the coming months as Congress moves to amend the sweeping reforms under the Accountable Care Act. The strongest support came from the American Medical Association. [Read More]
Rounds: Cardiac Care Leadership for Improved Alignment and Outcomes
Medical specialties are tied back to hospitals and health systems like never before; nowhere are the resulting alignment challenges more acute than in the cardiac service line, where independent practices find themselves seeking the financial shelter of integration. Join us on February 15 live from Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital and share in the lessons from executives at leading national cardiac service lines and medical groups on shared governance, clinical integration, and physician alignment. [Learn More]
This Week's Headlines
AHA: Make Wellness Part of Healthcare Workforce Culture
HealthLeaders Media, January 27, 2011
Medicare officials doubt healthcare law savings
Yahoo News/AP, January 27, 2011
HHS grants 500 new healthcare waivers
The Hill, January 27, 2011
Implants, cancer may be linked
The Los Angeles Times, January 27, 2011
Meaningful use rules exempt doctors, not EMR systems, January 27, 2011
Tips to Engage Nurses in Mandatory Training
HealthLeaders Media, January 25, 2011
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