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ACO Final Rules Spark Talk of Consolidation

Philip Betbeze

Leaders fear change. They fear taking on risk. And perhaps most importantly, they fear that accountable care organizations will turn out to be another failed payment experiment from the federal government. It's time to consider consolidation. >>>


Editor's Picks

MGMA: Patient Safety Checklists Cut Costs at Physician Practices

Physician groups looking to make their practices more efficient should develop patient safety lists for dealing with both emergent events and routine activities, says a practice management expert at the annual Medical Group Management Association conference. >>>

Infection Clusters in Chemo Clinics 'Tip of the Iceberg,' Says CDC

In the wake of a rash of bloodstream infections among chemotherapy patients, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a basic guide to infection control, aimed at all outpatient oncology facilities. >>>

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. >>>

ACO Alerts: Antitrust & Exempt-Status Implications

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. >>>

News Headlines

Physicians Must Make Patients Partners in Pursuit of Health

HealthLeaders Media, October 20, 2011

Few doctors, nurses report asking patients about what they expect in their care

Boston Globe, October 27, 2011

3 big-name hospitals stop publicly reporting some infection data

Consumer Reports, October 26, 2011

6 Steps to Creating a Connected Health Program

HealthLeaders Media, October 26, 2011

Device makers implant lots of money with hip, knee surgeons

Journal Sentinal, October 26, 2011

Medicare Cuts Will Slash Healthcare Jobs, AHA Says

HealthLeaders Media, October 24, 2011

More states limiting Medicaid hospital stays

USA Today, October 25, 2011

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

HealthLeaders Media, October 24, 2011

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Rounds: The Business and Clinical Path to Medical Home

Date: November 11, 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. >>>

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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