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5 Ways to Energize Your Patient Experience Strategy
Margaret Dick Tocknell, Senior Editor

Every hospital leader wants to boost patient experience performance scores, and with federal payments soon to be tied to performance, motivation is accelerating. An expert looks beyond amenities and shares strategic tips for raising the patient experience. [Read More]
  April 27, 2011

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Despite ACA, Out-of-Pocket Medical Costs Lurk
Ninety percent of families living above the poverty level will be able to afford health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a Commonwealth Fund report shows. Families with high out-of-pocket medical costs, however, may continue to struggle financially. [Read More]
3 in 4 Employers to Increase Health Plan Deductibles or Copays
While more than half of employers surveyed by an employee benefits advisory firm say they believe they should shoulder the brunt of future health plan premium increases, three quarters say they will continue to shift benefit costs to employees. [Read More]
U.S. Healthcare Costs Climb 6.19% Over 12 Months
The average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial insurance and Medicare grew 6.19% over the 12 months ending in February 2011, but those rates of growth continue to decelerate, Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices show. [Read More]
3 Skillful Payer Negotiation Strategies
Hospital CFOs lacking strong experience with contract dealings can make costly missteps in trying to negotiate contracted payer reimbursements. But these expert strategies can make the process more fruitful. [Read More]
Webcast: Blueprint for an Integrated and Alignment-Driven Physician Compensation Plan
With the advent of the accountable care organization and reimbursement shifts from pay for performance to bundled payments, physician compensation plans must do more than ensure fair compensation for physicians. Join HealthLeaders Media for a 60-minute audio conference, including Q&A, to learn how to craft compensation plans for integration and alignment. [Read 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]
Webcast: Ratchet Up Physician Referrals: Proven Methods & Measures
At the heart of successful physician referral programs are relationships that result in buy-in, engagement, and alignment. How do you build those? And, how do you use data to prove your program's success to the C-suite? Join HealthLeaders Media on May 18 for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and case studies, for lessons and insights from marketing leaders with successful referral programs. [Read More]

Health Plan Forum
13 Hot ACO Buzzwords
Just in time to accompany the proposed accountable care organization guidelines from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, comes a handy glossary of federal healthcare policy lingo. [Read More]

Managed Care Headlines
Jindal's plan to sell LA health plan to private company draws attacks
The Texas Tribune, April 27, 2011

MA insurers' ambulance bill practice protested
The Boston Globe, April 27, 2011

Ministries allow Christians to share healthcare costs
The Washington Post, April 27, 2011

Cardinal Health to Pay $8M to Resolve 'Upfront Discount' Allegations
HealthLeaders Media, April 26, 2011

Supreme Court won't expedite review of healthcare law
The Washington Post, April 26, 2011

Medicare treatment costs in Metro Detroit posted online
The Detroit News, April 25, 2011

Medicare rules tighten screening for home healthcare services
Minnesota Public Radio, April 22, 2011

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May 11: Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era

May 18: Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations

May 18: Webcast: Ratchet Up Physician Referrals: Proven Methods & Measures

May 24: Webcast: Blueprint for an Integrated and Alignment-Driven Physician Compensation Plan


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