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Future of Cost Shifting Depends on the Little Guy

Philip Betbeze

I once thought that healthcare cost-shifting behavior would die a quick death as employers developed more sophisticated ways to value quality. I'm no longer so sure. >>>


Editor's Picks

Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Averts Medicare Defunding

The North Carolina safety-net hospital reaches a "rare agreement" with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and vows to work to correct deficiencies that have resulted in three immediate jeopardy status reports since October. >>>

Medicare Cuts Could Slash 278K Hospital Jobs, Warns AHA

Reimbursement reductions detailed in pending legislation would take funding from hospitals and use it to cover the deficit created by the extensions of the Social Security tax holiday and unemployment benefits, says the American Hospital Association. >>>

Thomson Reuters IDs 15 Top Health Systems

The company's fourth annual study reviewed clinical outcomes at more than 300 health systems and picked the leaders based on a composite score of eight measures of quality, patient perception of care, and efficiency. >>>

Eliminating Individual Mandate Would Come With Strings

A report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation analyzes, under four scenarios, what the loss of the individual mandate could mean for health insurance premiums, coverage, and uncompensated care. >>>

News Headlines

Healthcare consumer confidence improves again in December

Reuters, January 20, 2012

Healthcare individual mandate too weak to matter, Aetna CEO says

Insurance Journal, January 20, 2012

CBO: Medicare cost-cutting programs haven't worked

The Hill, January 19, 2012

CLASS Act Repeal Bill Heads to Full House

HealthLeaders Media, January 19, 2012

Controlling Nurse Labor Costs

HealthLeaders Media, January 19, 2012

UPMC refunds Medicare charges

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 19, 2012

MS hospitals won't try to kill tax for Medicaid

CBS MoneyWatch, January 19, 2012

Ex-exec of Pasadena's Huntington Hospital sentenced for fraud

Los Angeles Times, January 19, 2012

Teaching hospitals fight Medicare cuts

The Hill, January 18, 2012

Erlanger Health System cuts six executive positions

Chattanooga Times Free Press, January 18, 2012

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