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Primary Care With a Twist: Docs Go Uninsured
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

A Seattle physician shuns insurance and puts his beliefs into practice. The power of shopping and the free market, he says, will cut prices for medical care, and remove the complexity—at least from the primary care system.
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  February 25, 2011

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Clayton Christenson: The Survivor
Clayton Christensen, 58, is one of the most influential business theorists of the last 50 years. The Harvard Business School professor's 1997 book, The Innovator's Dilemma, introduced the notion of "disruptive innovation," which explains how cheaper, simpler, or unexpected products and services can bring down big companies. One industry that always eluded Christensen's influence was healthcare. Caregivers and insurers told him his theories didn't apply to their complex industry. Christensen knew they were wrong. This fantastic but long piece explores how Christenson, who in the meantime has suffered a heart attack, stroke, and cancer, brought his disruptive influence to healthcare. [Read More]
$3.2B Lawsuit Targets Medicare Underpayments
Medicare's antiquated system knowingly hurts patient care by underpaying doctors in 200 counties in 32 states, according to a $3.2 billion lawsuit filed by seven California counties and physicians, who want to force the agency to fix the system. [Read More]
Questions raised about bid to buy Miami's Jackson Health
After a Boston company made a stunning offer to buy Jackson Health System for $1.1 billion, community and healthcare leaders tried to find answers to questions about the potential deal including whether the bidder has the ability to run Jackson, how to find other potential buyers, and how to determine the proper price for the century-old institution. Jackson is in such difficult financial conditions—its executives warn it may run out of cash in July—that many leaders are willing to consider a sale, but they wonder whether the 90-day timetable set by Steward Health Care System is realistic and what the deal might mean for the 500,000 uninsured in Miami-Dade County. [Read More]
Healthcare Leaders Reveal Uncertainties About Industry Direction
Dedication to mission is strong and getting stronger, but just how to accomplish that mission is less certain, according to results of the 2011 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey. [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]
This Week's Headlines
Feds, police raid 11 South Florida pill mills
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InformationWeek, February 24, 2011
5 Ways Green Surgical Teams Save Hospitals Money
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HHS Issues Civil Money Penalty for Privacy Rule Violations
HealthLeaders Media, February 23, 2011
HCA public offering may earn Frist family $15M
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Ocoee, FL hospital to partner with Orlando Health
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CO $600M hospital fee survives
The Durango (CO) Herald, February 24, 2011
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