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3 Words Could Increase Drug Costs By $1.2B Annually
Margaret Dick Tocknell, Senior Editor

Forget taxing smokers and the obese. The real savings in drug costs is hidden behind three little words: 'dispense as written,' orders used by some physicians to avoid the generic equivalent of brand name drugs. [Read More]
  March 30, 2011

Editor's Picks
ACO Proposed Rules Spotlight Physician-Hospital Alignment
Clinical integration is key to the government's proposed accountable care organization guidelines. It means that doctors and hospitals have to work together, 'and that is not easy,' says one analyst. [Read More]
ACO Rules Receive Guarded, Mixed Reviews
While some healthcare industry leaders praise the federal government's proposed accountable care organization rules as a step toward improved coordination of care, others remain skeptical about cost and implementation details. [Read More]
HDHPs Associated With 14% Decline in Health Spending
According to a RAND Corp study, HDHPs can help reduce health spending, but the amount is related to the employer contribution and the size of the annual deductible, which needs to be at least $1,000 per person to produce savings. [Read More]
Hospital Drug Shortages Reach 10-Year High, Cost Hospitals $200M Annually
A near crisis shortage of drugs, especially chemotherapy, sedation, and pain relief medications, is endangering patient safety and costs hospitals more than $200 million annually for higher priced substitutes. [Read More]
Health Net Breach Grabs Top Spot on OCR List
Health insurance giant Health Net, Inc. has formally reported its potential breach affecting the health records of 1.9 million past and current enrollees to the Office for Civil Rights, officially making the March breach the largest published on the OCR website. [Read More]
Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care
Patient-centered healthcare IS accountable care—accountable for quality, for value, for patient satisfaction. Join us on April 27 live from Griffin Hospital and Planetree, recognized pioneers in patient-centered care, with more actionable strategies from invited thought leaders at Sharp Memorial and the Maine Patient-Centered Medical Home Pilot. [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
10 Healthcare Reform Market Changes Affecting Physicians
While specific regulations from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are still evolving, marketplace trends and healthcare reform have clear implications for physicians regarding private payer initiatives, physician-hospital integration, and government action. [Read More]

Managed Care Headlines
13 Hot ACO Buzzwords All Providers Should Know
HealthLeaders Media, April 6, 2011

Top 10 issues for health plans in 2011
Government Health IT, April 6, 2011

Medicare costs would rise for many under Ryan plan
The Wall Street Journal, April 6, 2011

RACs Intro 'Semi-Automated' Claims Reviews
HealthLeaders Media, April 6, 2011

Maryland Is Only State to regulate Hospital Charges
The Bellingham Herald/, April 4, 2011

Cost Inhibits Prescription Fulfillment
Reuters Health, March 31, 2011

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