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Lawmakers Seek SGR Alternatives, But Who Will Pay?
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

Congressional subcommittees have begun the meticulous review of the physician payment formula, also known as the Sustainable Growth Rate Formula, in search of a permanent "doc fix." What about the $300 million cost? [Read More]
  May 12, 2011

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ACOs Shine Spotlight on Physician Employment
There is a major movement toward not only alignment, but also real integration ­between hospitals and physicians nationwide. Unfortunately, the transition to an employed physician model is not always a smooth or risk-free one. [Read More]
ACO Hurdles, Risks, Could Dampen Provider Enthusiasm
Some healthcare executives are openly skeptical about the benefits of joining accountable care organizations, whose eventual downside risks could be considerable. Providers are raising legitimate concerns, a health researcher says. [Read More]
Suicide After Medical Error Highlights Importance of Support for Clinicians
The tragic story about the death of a child from a medical error turned even sadder last month after the nurse who administered the medication took her own life. While we can only speculate about the case, the story should be a wake-up call for how hospitals deal with clinicians after errors. [Read More]
Are There Simple Answers to Telehealth Questions?
There?s one technology that has the potential to fundamentally change access to healthcare in rural areas: telehealth. Small and rural hospitals are already taking advantage of the technology for services that are especially well-suited to virtual care. [Read More]
CHIME Raises Concerns on ACO Data Sharing
The ability of patients in accountable care organizations to restrict access to their personal health information is one of several hurdles that could hinder the success of new healthcare delivery models, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives says. [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]
Breakthroughs: The Coordinated ED
Your emergency department is at the forefront of access and quality. Dynamic health systems are maximizing the efficiency, throughput, and patient experience of today?s ED in a shrinking reimbursement environment. In this free report, leading hospital systems—Scripps Health, Grady Health System, Mercy Medical Center, and Cambridge Health Alliance—share insights and lessons learned on maximizing the ED. [Read More]
Impact Analysis: Leaders Respond to CMS' Proposed ACO Regulations
The proposed regulations are indeed out, but what do they really mean to your organization and the industry? Get reactions from leaders at hospitals, health plans, and physician practices that are already well-versed in ACOs, including Monarch Healthcare, Alegent Health, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan /Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Geisinger Health System, Dean Health System, and Scripps Health. [Read More]
Business Rx
Health Coaching Plays Role in the ACO
The challenge most providers face with accountable care organizations is not just how to manage risk, but also how to assist and coach patients on making positive and sustained changes in their lifestyles.[Read More]
Physician News
High-volume Hospitals Recommended for High-Risk Heart Transplants
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 11, 2011
Healthcare law gets friendly reception from appeals court
Los Angeles Times, May 11, 2011
MN Hospital Fires 32 for HIPAA Violations
Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, May 11, 2011
Tenet Rejects, CHS Withdraws 'Final Offer'
Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 10, 2011
Hospitals Add 10K Jobs in April
John Commins, HealthLeaders Media, May 9, 2011
Healthcare Equipment Acquisition in an Improving Economy
HealthLeaders Media, May 9, 2011
HMA, Shands, UF Announce Cardiac/Stroke Care Alliance
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 6, 2011
HHS Releases Hospital Hazard-Readiness Stats
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 6, 2011
Hospitals overhaul ERs to reduce mistakes
The Wall Street Journal, May 10, 2011
How resolved malpractice claims might reduce ER misdiagnoses
The Wall Street Journal, May 11, 2011


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

On demand: Cardiac Care Leadership for Improved Alignment and Outcomes


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