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5 Secrets to ACO Success
Margaret Dick Tocknell, Senior Editor

Transparency and these five core competencies are 'must haves' for accountable care organizations that wish to achieve Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Don Berwick's three-part aim: better care, better health, and lower costs, experts suggest. [Read More]
  June 29, 2011

Editor's Picks
Highmark to Acquire West Penn Allegheny Health System
A Pittsburgh-based health plan says it will acquire a struggling Pittsburgh-based health system in a move that could have a significant impact on the western Pennsylvania healthcare market. Highmark Inc. has announced that it is in the process of acquiring the financially troubled WPAHS. The move was unanimously approved by the boards of both companies. [Read More]
RWJ Launches Healthcare Quality Data Website
To better prepare hospitals and doctors for the scrutiny they will get from public reporting in the next few years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has launched a website that compiles state, federal, hospital, and health plan quality data from across the country. It pulls data from 224 separate sites and has plans to grow. [Read More]
UnitedHealth Group Draws $1M Fine in NV
UnitedHealth Group has agreed to pay a $1 million fine related to allegations that it violated restrictions placed on its 2008 acquisition of Sierra Health Services, the Nevada attorney general says. [Read More]
Dartmouth Revises Medicare Spending Variation Report
Dartmouth Atlas researchers have taken to heart last year's heated criticism that they hadn't adjusted for variations in regional cost of living differences when they published statistical maps showing wide regional variations in Medicare per capita spending. This week, statisticians with the group released a new set of tables that do just that. [Read More]
Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era
Date: July 20, 2011
About: Integration will be the key to success in the accountable care era, whether your organization develops an official ACO or not. Organizations must develop strong relationships with employed and affiliated physicians. Join us to get alignment strategies to thrive in an increasingly integrated industry.
[Read More]
Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs
Date: August 16, 2011
What: Attend on-site or participate via live webcast.
About: Get accountable care strategies from ACO pioneers Norton Healthcare, Humana, and Palmetto Health--first movers who already have experienced the challenges of building a new framework for healthcare delivery.
[Read More]

Health Plan Forum
Rounds: Leaders Detail Care Coordination Strategies
Senior healthcare leaders from three health systems present detailed, diverse strategies for coordinating care and aligning reimbursement at Gundersen Lutheran Health System. [Read More]

Managed Care Headlines
HFMA: Kaiser Details $4B Investment in Health Management Tools
Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2011

Health data losses: Don?t blame hackers
InformationWeek, June 28, 2011

Opinion: HSAs lucrative for insurers, costly for consumers
Tucson Sentinel/Center for Public Integrity, June 27, 2011

AZ high court won?t halt Medicaid cuts
The Arizona Republic, June 27, 2011

'RomneyCare': A revolution that basically worked
The Boston Globe, June 27, 2011

Obama administration narrows rules for patient healthcare appeals
The Washington Post, June 23, 2011


July 20: Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era

August 16: Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs


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