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Dueling Healthcare Proposals Submitted to Super Committee

Margaret Dick Tocknell

How would the two political parties address cuts to specific healthcare programs? Not in a bipartisan manner, and perhaps not at all. >>>


Editor's Picks

HHS Floats $5B Package to Cut 'Burdensome' Hospital Regs

A package of reforms aimed at hospitals and announced by the Department of Health and Human Services will do away with "overly burdensome regulations," says Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. >>>

CMS Unveils 5-Star Medicare Advantage Plans

Just 12 out of 446 Medicare Advantage health plans across the country have received five-star ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. These dozen plans will qualify in 2012 for a cut of an estimated $3 billion in bonus payments, and will be able to enroll members throughout the year rather than only during the seven-week Medicare enrollment period. >>>

Medicare Ratings System Largely Untapped By Seniors

The federal government's efforts to promote the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Star Quality Ratings for health plans is so far not reaching most of its target audience, a survey shows. >>>

*LAST CHANCE* Industry Survey 2012

We know you have something to say. And we want to hear it. Take the 2012 Industry Survey now—in 10 minutes or less, share your insight and help define industry trends. Enter today for the chance to win an iPad! Hurry, the survey closes Friday, October 21. >>>

News Headlines

Cleveland Clinic employees get healthier, lower insurance costs

The Plain Dealer, October 19, 2011

The quiet healthcare revolution

The Atlantic, October 19, 2011

Deficiencies at Grady Memorial Prompt CMS Review

HealthLeaders Media, October 18, 2011

CMS Kicks Off Innovation Advisors Program

HealthLeaders Media, October 18, 2011

ACEP Fights State Medicaid Cuts in WA

HealthLeaders Media, October 17, 2011

Specialty Hospitalists Will Revolutionize Inpatient Care

John Nelson, MD, October 14, 2011

Medicare Advantage Sales Scams on the Rise in CA

HealthLeaders Media, October 13, 2011

CA Blue Shield to return $283M in excess profits to policyholders

Los Angeles Times, October 14, 2011

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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. >>>

Webcast: Battle-Tested Tactics for Key Internal Marketing Initiatives

Date: November 8, 2011 About: In this 90-minute Webcast, benefit from lessons learned from Catholic Health Initiatives’ communication campaign for EHR implementation, and learn what your service lines can mean for marketing opportunities. >>>

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Engaging the Patient

As providers become increasingly accountable for healthcare outcomes, patient engagement grows in significance. Yes, people should take responsibility for their health, but what role do the providers have in turning the consumer of care into a partner in care? >>>


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