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ACO Alerts: Antitrust & Exempt-Status Implications

Karen Minich-Pourshadi

Despite the relaxed rules for forming ACOs, new guidelines from three federal guidelines on antitrust violations and tax-exempt status show that the feds will be watching. Healthcare organizations should proceed with caution. >>>


Editor's Picks

ACOs Seen As Tough Sell, Despite Concessions

The opportunity for ROI may not be enough to convince healthcare providers to adopt Medicare accountable care organizations under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services final rules, say some industry observers. >>>

Medicare Cuts Will Slash Healthcare Jobs, AHA Says

In a tactical shift to protect hospital funding from budget cuts, senior leaders at the American Hospital Association and the American Nurses Association are cautioning the Super Committee that any significant cuts to Medicare or Medicaid "could create devastating job losses in our communities." >>>

Employers Score Savings When Patients Shop By Price

An Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield pilot program under way in three states aims to determine whether cash incentives offered by employers can move healthcare consumers to select low-cost facilities for medical care. >>>

Two-Tiered U.S. Healthcare System Looming

Lately, I've been hearing whispered opinions that basically go like this: Enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act started a metaphorical snowball rolling downhill toward a two-tiered health system. We have to decide as a society whether that model would be better than what we have now, or if it would be worse. >>>

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. >>>

Finance Headlines

Nonprofit hospitals’ huge tax breaks under increasing scrutiny

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 24, 2011

U.S. Healthcare Costs Climb 5.73% Over 12 Months

HealthLeaders Media, October 24, 2011

IL has hospitals playing ’balancing game’ with late money

Rockford Registar Star, October 24, 2011

UMC nurses approved for competitive paychecks

Las Vegas Sun, October 24, 2011

Medicare ACOs Move Closer to Commercial Model Under Final Rule

HealthLeaders Media, October 21, 2011

After a rich severance deal, MA insurer issues refunds

The Boston Globe, October 21, 2011

Behind the Class Act, a numbers game

The New York Times, October 19, 2011

Nonprofit hospitals’ huge tax breaks under increasing scrutiny

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 24, 2011

3 Health Technologies to Watch

HealthLeaders Media, October 18, 2011

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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. >>>

Rounds: The Business and Clinical Path to Medical Home

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Engaging the Patient

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