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HHS Punts on Essential Health Benefits Decision

Margaret Dick Tocknell

The Department of Health and Human Services has taken a 300-page recommendation from the Institute of Medicine on how to develop a list of essential health benefits and boiled it down to five words: Let the states do it. >>>


Editor's Picks

4 Health Plan Trends for 2012

What’s in store for health plans in 2012? Look for health insurers to be acquired by hospitals, Medicare Advantage to stay hot, Medicaid insurers to get hot, and the spending spree to continue. >>>

Getting Imaging into Focus

Health systems are adding freestanding imaging centers and aiming for around-the-clock coverage. At the same time, they are being pressed to reduce extravagant and unnecessary imaging costs and to improve patient outcomes. >>>

Flat Patient Volume Adds to Fiscal Concerns for 2012

Hospital and health system CFOs continue to grapple with a snail-like economic recovery. Now they have the added challenge of a federal deficit crisis that promises to put Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates in further jeopardy. >>>

Top 12 Healthcare Buzzwords for 2012

Our third annual list of healthcare buzzwords and catchphrases includes a handful of terms that are really oxymorons. And if you think about it, that's the very theme of health reform today. >>>

News Headlines

Neonatal telemedicine could save Medicaid $186M

InformationWeek, December 28, 2011

Fee coming for medical effectiveness research

Boston Herald/Associated Press, December 28, 2011

The high cost of failing artificial hips

The New York Times, December 28, 2011

CT Hospitals: Same surgery, widely different rates

New Haven Independent, December 28, 2011

The health-care landscape is shifting

The Boston Globe, December 23, 2011

Third-quarter growth revised down on healthcare

Reuters, December 23, 2011

More than 30 organizations to test new health-care model for seniors

The Washington Post, December 20, 2011

Rewards for patients to switch care

The Boston Globe, December 20, 2011

Pioneer ACO Model Offers Participants Flexibility

HealthLeaders Media, December 20, 2011

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From HealthLeaders Magazine

20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—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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