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Health Plans Brace for HSA, HRA Headaches
Cora Nucci, HealthLeaders Media

The number of health savings and health reimbursement accounts has grown nearly five-fold in recent years, but there is almost no relationship between individual account balances and price checking for healthcare services, and that's a cause for concern among health plans.[Read More]
  March 2, 2011

Editor's Picks
Hospital Groups Urge Obama to Resist Medicaid MOE Cuts
The nation's largest hospital associations are asking the Obama administration to resist efforts by governors to reduce maintenance-of-effort funding for Medicaid in their cash-strapped states. [Read More]
Top 12 Stories on HealthLeaders
Our hot stories in February were about HIPAA-scoffing hospital staff, a major management shakeup at HCA, Medicare fraud busts, the rise of a nurse practitioner to medical staff president, and barriers to success with telemedicine systems. [Read More]
Primary Care With a Twist: Docs Go Uninsured
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. [Read More]
How to Break Even on Medicare Reimbursements
Zero isn't the best number to see if you're taking a class, but when it comes to Medicare, seeing zero in lieu of red in terms of reimbursement versus expense is welcome. Medicare is rarely where hospitals and health systems expect to make money, but is it possible to break even? [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. [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 the just-released results of the 2011 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey. [Read More]

Health Plan Forum
Don't Fear the Future of Healthcare – It's Working
Shrinking budgets, rising costs, an inadequate supply of clinicians, and swirling changes brought about by health reform are all legitimates causes for concern. But as care delivery becomes more complex, there is an opportunity to take another major step forward. [Read More]

Managed Care Headlines
PA's AdultBasic health plan runs out of funds, shuts down
The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 2, 2011

Healthcare Quality Shows Slow Improvement
HealthLeaders Media, March 2, 2011

Obama endorses key change to healthcare law
The Baltimore Sun, March 1, 2011

MA health insurers offer option of paying extra for higher-priced care
The Washington Post, March 1, 2011

Regulators to define 'essential' care
The Wall Street Journal, February 28, 2011

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