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ACO High Priority for Healthcare Leaders, Survey Says
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

Three in four hospital chief executives surveyed say they either already have the components in place to be considered an accountable care organization or that they will within the next five years. But how do they prepare for something that's still at the experimental stage at this point?
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  February 18, 2011

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CMS Proposes PPC Medicaid Payment Reductions
Provider-preventable conditions would receive a payment reduction under Medicaid, similar to the treatment of hospital-acquired conditions by the Medicare program, under a proposed rule posted by CMS on Feb. 16. The proposal comes on the heels of increased attention to Medicaid as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; previous months have seen a proposed expansion of the recovery audit contractor program to Medicaid and an extension of the National Correct Coding Initiative edits to Medicaid claims. [Read More]
4 states get waivers to carry out health law
The Obama administration has granted broad waivers to four states allowing health insurance companies to continue offering less generous benefits than they would otherwise be required to provide this year under the new federal healthcare law. The move simply delays the requirements until 2014, but as with most deadlines imposed by federal regulators, one wonders whether that date will be flexible too. [Read More]
MA Gov. proposes health fee overhaul
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick plans to file long-awaited legislation that would give him authority to scrutinize the fees paid to hospitals and doctors, part of a proposal to transform how providers are compensated and to curb rising healthcare costs. The legislation also underlines the administration's plan to shift most Massachusetts employees, Medicaid recipients, and other residents with state-subsidized health insurance — about 1.7 million people, or 1 in 4 residents — to a new cost-conscious healthcare payment system, in which doctors and hospitals are put on a budget for each patient's care. [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]
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Determining Your Organization's Value
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Watson: From Jeopardy to the Hospital?
The Hartford Courant, February 17, 2011
20 Charged in $200M Medicare Scam
HealthLeaders Media, February 16, 2011
HHS says AZ doesn't need federal approval for huge Medicaid cuts
The Arizona Republic, February 16, 2011
Imaging tests are often done for the doctor, not the patient
Los Angeles Times, February 16, 2011
FDA approves wider use of Lap-Band
Los Angeles Times, February 17, 2011
HIE Innovators to Split $241M HHS Grant
HealthLeaders Media, February 17, 2011
Disney Reaches Into Maternity Wards
HealthLeaders Media, February 16, 2011
Group that lost money in Stanford ponzi scheme sues St. Jude, Le Bonheur
The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal, February 17, 2011
TN for-profit group bids for RI's Landmark
The Providence Journal, February 17, 2011
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