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How About an X Prize for Healthcare?
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

Healthcare has lots of problems: it's too expensive, it often harms patients rather than heals them, and it's highly inefficient. What if there were a prize attached to the goal of improving healthcare administration? We know that's where the waste is. But what would the criteria be?
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  February 11, 2011

Editor's Picks
High Healthcare Costs Continue to Provoke Finger Pointing
Healthcare providers and health plans are at it again, bickering over who holds the cards when it comes to negotiating rates. If you recall, late last year the Center for Studying Health System Change issued a report stating that in many markets, providers had enough clout to negotiate "higher-than-competitive prices." The result? Insurers are put at a disadvantage and premiums get driven up. The AMA delivered its retort via the annual "Competition in Health Insurance: A Comprehensive Study of U.S. Markets" report. Perhaps they're both right. [Read More]
7 Medical Error Disclosure Deterrents
The admission of making a mistake resulting in damage to patient trust and threat of litigation is a weight on the minds of all physicians. If residents fail to report errors and unsafe conditions, the institution misses opportunities to improve systems in the hospital that affect quality. The following are seven reasons these mistakes might go missing. [Read More]
Disease Prevention Gets $750M in Fed Funds
Hospitals, clinics, chronic disease programs, disease researchers, and the public health infrastructure will receive $750 million in federal funds for disease prevention this year. The funds are meant to help address physical inactivity, poor nutrition and tobacco use, among other issues. [Read More]
Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform
Forward-thinking orthopedic leaders are ensuring high performance and coordination among a carefully constructed caregiver team. Those leaders are also exploring the right metrics to know whether the outcomes they are tracking are the most meaningful to patients. Join the executive and clinical leadership team from nationally renowned MemorialCare Health System and orthopedic innovator Marshall Steele, MD, on March 29 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy. [Learn More]
Audio conference: Ensuring IRS-Compliant Physician Compensation Plans
As hospitals and physician practices continue merging for survival, hospital-physician integration is of growing interest to the IRS and is increasingly subject to scrutiny from regulators. Additionally, the new Form 990 disclosure requirements related to highly paid officers or employees have created an easily accessible public format for viewing executive compensation. Join HealthLeaders Media on February 16, 1 p.m. (EST), for this 60-minute audio conference, including Q&A, to get the analysis and strategies you need for current tax law requirements. [Learn More]
This Week's Headlines
Plans steer patients to lower-cost hospitals
The Boston Globe, February 10, 2011
Clot-Busting Stroke Drug Could Save $200M Annually
HealthLeaders Media, February 10, 2011
States must cut healthcare programs
USA Today, February 10, 2011
Kindred Healthcare to Acquire RehabCare in $1.3B Deal
HealthLeaders Media, February 8, 2011
Motorcycle Helmets Reduce Spine Injuries
HealthLeaders Media, February 10, 2011
To Do No Harm: Safety as a Professional Obligation
HealthLeaders Media, February 9, 2011
Super Bowl Ads Kick Off Hospital Chain Campaign
HealthLeaders Media, February 9, 2011
Medical device firms say FDA scrutiny excessive
The New York Times, February 10, 2011
Physician owners ante up $3M to save Doctors' Hospital in MI
The Detroit News, February 10, 2011
'Real possibility' financial woes will close Nevada's UMC
Las Vegas Sun, February 10, 2011
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