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Is Your Physician Group a High Reliability Organization?

Margaret Dick Tocknell

High-reliability organizations, known as HROs, handle emergencies well because they have prepared for them. Physician groups developing themselves as HROs can work faster and smarter, see more patients, and have confidence that they are ready for the inevitable crises. >>>


Editor's Picks

Medicare ACOs Move Closer to Commercial Model Under Final Rule

Prospective assignment, advanced payment, and accelerated shared savings are among the commercial accountable care organization features that will be available in Medicare ACOs under the federal government's final rules. >>>

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. >>>

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

The average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial insurance and Medicare grew 5.73% over the 12 months ending in August, representing a fourth straight month of modest acceleration of cost growth, Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices show. >>>

ACO Final Rules Ease Requirements, Reduce Risk

Federal health agencies have released their long-awaited set of final rules governing accountable care organizations. Major concessions to the original plan include a reduction in quality measures, and a significant change to meaningful use requirements for electronic health record use. >>>

News Headlines

Employers Score Savings When Patients Shop By Price

HealthLeaders Media, October 20, 2011

More states limiting Medicaid hospital stays

USA Today, October 25, 2011

Cigna to buy HealthSpring for $3.8B

Chicago Tribune / Associated Press, October 24, 2011

Cheaper health plans raise conflicts

The Tennessean, October 24, 2011

After a rich severance deal, MA insurer issues refunds

The Boston Globe, October 21, 2011

Jackson Health System sells troubled Medicaid plan

Miami Herald, October 20, 2011

Opinion: Taking healthcare costs into our own hands

Los Angeles Times, October 21, 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. >>>

From HealthLeaders Magazine

Patient Engagement Takes Physician Leadership

As providers become increasingly accountable for healthcare outcomes, patient engagement grows in significance. Individuals should take responsibility for their health, but what role do the providers play in turning consumers of care into partners in care? >>>


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