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Behind the Push to Invest in Hospitals
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

If malaise is the future of our nation's hospitals, you wouldn't know it from the interest emanating from Wall Street. One theory that may explain the push to move cash into inpatient care through hospital and health system purchases says healthcare reform is the catalyst.
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  October 7, 2011

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MedPAC Votes to Kill SGR
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has voted to repeal the contentious sustainable growth rate formula and replace it with a controversial plan that would include reimbursement cuts to specialists and pay freezes for primary care physicians. [Read More]
BCBSA Says It Can Help U.S. Save $319B by 2021
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association says it has a 20-point plan that could trim $319 billion in Medicare and Medicaid savings over the next decade. Its recommendations include investing in the primary care workforce, coordinating care to better manage chronic conditions, and designing incentive programs to drive safety. [Read More]
Lowest Quality Care Goes to Poor, Minority Patients
Harvard researchers identify 178 hospitals that provide the lowest quality of care, yet have the highest cost and find that these facilities treat a higher proportion of poor, aged, and minority patients than 122 hospitals that provide high quality and lower-cost care. [Read More]
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Rounds: The Business and Clinical Path to Medical Home
Date: November 11, 2011
About: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast. Live from host St. Joseph Health System—reaching the vision of patient—centered medical home requires strong links between hospital and physician to achieve best patient outcomes. Join us for the dialogue in a special, complimentary Rounds, sponsored by RelayHealth.
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This Week's Headlines
ONC Takes on Patient Engagement in HIT
HealthLeaders Media, October 6, 2011
MA's Partners announces deal with Blue Cross to save $240M
Boston Globe, October 6, 2011
Advance Directives Curb Hospital Costs In High-Spending Regions
HealthLeaders Media, October 6, 2011
Opinion: Healthy paychecks for Sutter Health bosses, nurses
San Francisco Chronicle, October 5, 2011
The Essential Work of Defining Essential Healthcare Benefits
HealthLeaders Media, October 5, 2011
Community Hospital Borrows Show Biz Staging
HealthLeaders Media, October 5, 2011
NY hospitals object as Sloan-Kettering plans suburban expansion
New York Times, October 6, 2011
Pressing for better quality across healthcare
Los Angeles Times, October 6, 2011
Nurses Don't Want To Be Doctors
HealthLeaders Media, October 6, 2011

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