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Growth in Antidepressant Prescriptions a $10B Paradox
Margaret Dick Tocknell, Senior Editor

One in ten prescriptions written by primary care physicians is for an antidepressant. But as the scope for these drugs widens to include ailments outside the bounds of clinical efficacy, are the patients who really need these drugs getting them? [Read More]
  August 10, 2011

Editor's Picks
Norton, Humana Commercial ACO Notches Cost Savings
In a pilot, the partners have begun to track improvement along several initiatives, including a joint replacement accountability study that has seen a 7.3% reduction in direct variable cost, a 6.7% reduction in length of stay, and a 13% reduction in 30-day readmissions. [Read More]
Surgeon Cuts Out Third-Party Payers
Five years ago, Kevin Petersen, MD, founded a practice called No Insurance Surgery to offer surgeries to the under- and uninsured for a heavily discounted, all-inclusive, one-time fee. Petersen has opted out of the managed care system and no longer accepts new patients with insurance. He recently performed his 900th insurance-free surgery. [Read More]
CMS Expands HospitalCompare Data
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has added data on mortality and readmission rates for certain conditions and refreshed data on other quality metrics for both inpatient and outpatient settings. [Read More]
*NEW* Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement
Date: September 22, 2011
About: More than just a buzzword, patient experience has become the quintessential objective in our healthcare climate. Fortunately, the thriving world of social media offers proven pathways to not only create patient engagement, but actually build community around your organization. Learn how Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital consistently scores above the 90th percentile in patient satisfaction using social media tools and metrics.
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*NEW* Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates
Date: September 16, 2011
About: With 20% of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries discharged from a hospital readmitted within 30 days, Baylor Heart and Vascular Center in Dallas, which boasts one of the lowest readmission rates nationwide (17.3%), and Our Lady of Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, which cut its readmission rate from the nation?s second-highest (32.4%) to 15%, share strategies to help you reduce your readmission rates.
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Health Plan Forum
ACO or Not, Fairview Builds Shared Savings into All Payer Contracts
Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services has taken a model for shared savings and quality improvements and gradually embedded the concepts into all of its commercial insurance contracts. [Read More]

Managed Care Headlines
Kansas returns health insurance exchange grant
Reuters Health, August 10, 2011

Executive pay, bonuses spark concern at Cleveland?s MetroHealth System
The Plain Dealer, August 10, 2011

Big jumps in insurance premiums will get new scrutiny
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 8, 2011

Medicare costs for hospice up 70%
USA Today, August 8, 2011

Healthcare Sector Drives U.S. Job Growth
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 8, 2011

Aetna latest out of Indiana individual health market
BusinessWeek, August 5, 2011

Will Cigna, Healthways part ways? Too early to say
The Tennessean, August 4, 2011


August 16: Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs

Sept 15: Rounds: Women's Health Strategies for Service Line Growth and Quality

Sept 16: Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates

Sept 22: Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement


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