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Cheryl Clark, Senior Editor
Dozens of healthcare systems have created, or plan to spend millions to set up innovation centers. Some are even hiring chief innovation officers. Sure, the $10 billion in federal funding is driving momentum, but so is the promise of elevating the quality of healthcare. [Read More]
May 26, 2011
Editor's Picks

Senators Urge White House to Withdraw ACO Proposal
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should withdraw its proposed rules governing accountable care organizations in part because of expensive start-up costs required, seven Republican lawmakers say in a letter to the Obama Administration. [Read More]

Telling the Patient No
Through bundled payment plans, hospitals and other healthcare providers will be penalized for ordering tests, procedures, and other items that the evidence shows to be unnecessary. Physicians will have to get comfortable saying "no" to patients. [Read More]

Johns Hopkins, Walgreens Partner on Improving Health Outcomes
This collaboration brings together a large population for research at the nation's largest drugstore chain with one of the nation's best population research institutes. Better disease management programs are the goal. [Read More]

Medicare Fund Gets an Independent Actuarial Review
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has an alternate report on the solvency of the Medicare trust fund, and it predicts even higher physician and hospital costs starting next year. [Read More]

Webcast: Alternative ACO Strategies
Go beyond the ACO regs furor to uncover commercial and Medicare alternatives for your ACO strategy. Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, for a deep dive with leading experts savvy on the legal and business operation of ACOs in commercial markets and CMS programs other than Medicare Shared Savings. [Read More]

Rounds: Coordinating Systems of Care
Whether your hospital system is pursuing an accountable care organization or a broader program of clinical integration, the real work of creating high-value, cost-effective healthcare is in transforming the systems of care. But the solutions may not be as big and unmanageable as you think. Join us live or via live webcast from Gundersen Lutheran Health System with Gundersen?s clinical and executive leadership team and invited guest Fairview Health Services, two of the nation?s health system pioneers in high-quality, lower-cost healthcare. [Read More]

This Week's Headlines
NPA Names 'Top 5' Cost Drivers in Primary Care
HealthLeaders Media, May 24, 2011

Joplin hospital copes with tornado?s aftermath
The Wall Street Journal, May 25, 2011

Lap-Band maker targets teenagers
Los Angeles Times, May 24, 2011

Heart-valve rings slip through FDA loophole
Chicago Tribune, May 23, 2011

Patient Safety Checklists Now Law in NV
HealthLeaders Media, May 26, 2011

NY Mulls Physician 'Dress Code Council' Bill
HealthLeaders Media, May 25, 2011

First bone marrow transplant clinic to open in PR
HealthLeaders Media, May 26, 2011

June 7: Webcast: Alternative ACO Strategies

June 9: Rounds: Coordinating Systems of Care


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