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4 Reasons to Wait on ACOs

Philip Betbeze

No one is really sure what the winning accountable care organization design will look like, but hospital leaders know it will cost a lot to develop their prototypes. Another choice: Simply do nothing at all. >>>


Editor's Picks

HHS Awards $218M to Create Hospital Engagement Networks

The Department of Health & Human Services will award $218 million to 26 hospitals and hospital associations to form Hospital Engagement Networks, learning collaboratives that work to improve patient safety in 10 focus areas. >>>

9 Ways to Prevent Fatigue-Related Errors

Worker fatigue can place patients and healthcare staff at a higher risk of adverse events, says the Joint Commission. In an alert, it lists 10 warning signs and suggests nine strategies for prevention. >>>

1 in 3 Dialysis Centers Subject to Medicare Penalties

Poor quality scores will result in Medicare reimbursement penalties for hundreds of kidney dialysis centers starting January 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says. >>>

Hospital M&As Continue Apace in 2011

This year was one of the busiest in a decade for hospital mergers and acquisitions. The top 10 deals in 2011 were valued at $5.6 billion, up from $3.8 billion in 2010. In the healthcare sector as a whole, M&A was valued at about $236 billion in 2011. >>>

News Headlines

Without autopsies, hospitals bury their mistakes

Pro Publica, December 16, 2011

Ryan to announce new approach to preserving Medicare

The Washington Post, December 15, 2011

Hospitals torn on reducing repeat admissions

NPR, December 15, 2011

CMS Rule Would Make Gifts to Docs Transparent

HealthLeaders Media, December 15, 2011

WI hospital rates rose more slowly than national average

The Journal-Sentinel, December 15, 2011

Blue Shield coverage of care at UCLA medical centers may end

The Los Angeles Times, December 15, 2011

14 NJ physicians charged in bribery scheme

The Star-Ledger, December 15, 2011

Medicare changes payment plan to fight drug fraud

USA Today, December 14, 2011

Costco enters EHR business

InformationWeek, December 14, 2011

Aetna: MI Blue Cross paid hospitals to soak competitors

Detroit Free Press, December 7, 2011

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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

Meet the HealthLeaders 20—2011

Determination and a willingness to take a chance are among the qualities we see in our annual HealthLeaders 20 as they set about dedicating their professional lives to making a difference for good in healthcare. >>>


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