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FTC Shows ProMedica its Teeth

Philip Betbeze

The Federal Trade Commission is notorious for causing trouble among hospital organizations that want to merge. This week it ruled against ProMedica, which has enacted a partnership with St. Luke's Hospital in Ohio. But the agency's enforcement efforts are getting tougher rather than easier. >>>


Editor's Picks

IHI: Hospitals, Patients Rethink Care; Berwick Blasts Rhetoric

At this year's Institute for Healthcare Improvement forum, leading-edge healthcare providers are thinking in detailed and creative ways about just what form changes to our healthcare system must take. >>>

Nudging Physicians Toward Team-Based Care

Despite the the traditional doctor-first attitude that imbues the healthcare workflow, leadership can successfully re-engineer clinical care processes by engaging all members of the care team. >>>

Good News: Many Insurers Already Meet MLR Requirements

After all the angst about the medical loss ratio, a federal report reveals that in 2010, two-thirds of insurers met or exceeded the 2011 MLR requirements. Not only will the final ruling on MLR not undermine the healthcare industry, it could help achieve the triple goal of better care, better health, and lower cost. >>>

Intelligence Report: Cost Containment—Overcoming Challenges

Ninety percent of leaders say they have succeeded in cutting costs without harming outcomes or patient satisfaction, according to this free HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report based on exclusive research and analysis. >>>

Our Top 12 Stories of 2011

As 2011 winds down, we review our most popular online stories of the year. Quality concerns, readmissions, accountable care organizations, value-based purchasing, and uncertainty about the future of healthcare all share the spotlight. >>>

News Headlines

IHI: Berwick on ACOs, Congress, Fraud

HealthLeaders Media, December 7, 2011

What happens when critical access hospitals aren't so critical?

HealthLeaders Media, December 8, 2011

12,000 trainees later, hospital's customer service ratings skyrocket

Kansas City Star, December 8, 2011

CA's healthcare spending per person among lowest in US

Los Angeles Times, December 8, 2011

MD Medicaid paid $2.5M in benefits for 300 dead people

The Baltimore Sun, December 8, 2011

Shriners scraps plans for new St. Louis hospital

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 8, 2011

Opinion: Dr. Berwick's pink slip

The New York Times, December 7, 2011

How Safety-Net Hospital Closings Affect PCPs

HealthLeaders Media, December 7, 2011

Aetna: MI Blue Cross paid hospitals to soak competitors

Detroit Free Press, December 7, 2011

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Rounds: A Programmatic Approach to Cancer Care

Date: December 16, 2011
About: Attend on-site or via live simulcast. Live at host Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center with invited guest UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, learn from one of the world's most respected cancer brands as it takes its proven success models to a community health system.  >>>

Webcast: Tackle Physician Turnover Costs, Rev Up Recruitment

Date: December 20, 2011
About: Losing just one physician can mean a $1 million hit to your budget, and most facilities have turnover rates that are much higher. Join HealthLeaders Media for a 90-minute webcast and Q&A, featuring Brett Walker, director, physician & provider recruiting, at Indiana University Health and J. Gregory Stovall, MD, senior VP of medical affairs for Trinity Mother Frances Health System. Learn proven techniques and strategies to address your recruitment and retention challenges. >>>

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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