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5 Big Ideas for Physician Groups

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Hot topics discussed at the Medical Group Management Association conference in Las Vegas will help physician groups navigate the business of healthcare reform change, and change the practice of medicine for years to come. >>>


Editor's Picks

States Stymied in $4.3B Medicaid Collection Efforts

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has denied the latest effort by state Medicaid offices to recoup $4.3 billion in erroneously billed payments, in cases dating back to the 1970s. >>>

Record Increase in State Medicaid Spending Projected

Continuing economic woes, increased Medicaid enrollment, and the end of the federal stimulus program will contribute to a projected 29% increase in states’ spending for the Medicaid program in 2012, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey. >>>

HHS: Medicare Part B Costs to Drop in 2012

Revising projections made earlier this year, the Department of Health and Human Services has announced that most Medicare beneficiaries will pay lower premiums and deductibles under the 2012 Part B fee schedule. >>>

ACO Final Rules Intend to Encourage Consolidation

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. Some may rightly consider ACO participation as the worse of two bad options. In that case, it's time to consider consolidation. >>>

News Headlines

Highmark, WPAHS announce agreement; ER to reopen

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 2, 2011

Health insurer rebate exemptions would cost WI consumers

Journal-Sentinel, November 2, 2011

CMS Pushed to Improve Reporting on Adverse Events

HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2011

Healthcare Online Job Postings Plummet in October

HealthLeaders Media, November 1, 2011

Insurers' earnings show Americans still using less medical care

The Wall Street Journal, October 31, 2011

Insight: Firms to charge smokers, obese more for healthcare

Reuters, October 31, 2011

HIX Attracts Community Hospitals in Nebraska, Gradually

HealthLeaders Media, October 26, 2011

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Webcast: Winning With Value-Based Purchasing

Date: November 17, 2011
About: Value-based purchasing brings real financial implications in the amount of CMS payment at risk, quality penalties, and the investments required to avoid those penalties. The stability of your future finances depends on your ability to successfully implement VBP. Join us for a 60-minute audio conference with VBP experts from Aurora Health Care and Premier. >>>

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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. >>>

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Patient Engagement Takes Physician Leadership

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