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ACOs Generate High Interest, But Is Bar Set Too High?
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

The level of risk associated with forming an accountable care organization is giving pause to a 130-physician multispecialty clinic whose CEO's initial enthusiasm has been tempered. The government just might have a problem on its hands.
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  April 22, 2011

Editor's Picks
FTC, GA Challenge 'Anticompetitive' Phoebe/Palmyra Acquisition
The Federal Trade Commission and the Georgia Attorney General's Office have jointly announced that they are challenging as anticompetitive Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc.'s proposed $195 million acquisition of rival Palmyra Park Hospital, in Albany, GA, from HCA. In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Albany, they also allege that Phoebe Putney constructed an elaborate scheme that used the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County, GA as a "straw man" to "cloak private, anticompetitive activity in governmental guise in the hopes that it would exempt the acquisition from federal antitrust law." Yikes. [Read More]
Healthcare Reform Pits Physicians Against Hospitals
Physicians employed by hospitals want more say in hospital management, according to a survey by the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. More than 90% of the physicians surveyed said they should be more involved in executive leadership and management of the hospital, including serving on the board of directors and outlining performance improvement initiatives. [Read More]
CHS Asks Federal Judge to Toss Tenet Suit
Community Health Systems, Inc. has asked a federal judge in Dallas to throw out a "baseless lawsuit" brought by rival Tenet Healthcare Corp., alleging that CHS practices widespread and systematic overbilling of Medicare. Tenet, predictably, disagrees. [Read More]
Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care
Patient-centered healthcare IS accountable care—accountable for quality, for value, and 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. [Learn More]
Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era
Reform, reimbursement, and reintegration—a triple threat to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) or new opportunities for ROI? Join HealthLeaders Media on May 11 for a 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, to learn how to increase the financial return of ASC operations from leaders with proven ambulatory care ROI. [Read More]
Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations
Neurological service line success is all about managing the collision of technology, research, and care coordination. Get strategies for managing the collision on May 18, live from Barrow Neurological Institute with invited thought leaders from St. John Providence Health System and St. Luke Hospital. [Read More]
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