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SOTU Light on Healthcare, Industry Reacts

Margaret Dick Tocknell

In either a calculated dodge or a missed opportunity, President Obama's 2012 State of the Union address was light on references to healthcare reform. >>>


Editor's Picks

FL Hospital Awaits Immediate Jeopardy Decision

Naples Community Hospital is waiting to hear from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services whether the hospital's immediate jeopardy status has been lifted. A survey in December identified deficiencies in three broad categories. >>>

In State-of-the-State Speeches, Governors Present Healthcare Priorities

A look at state-of the-state speeches reveals a mixed bag of priorities, including preserving Medicaid funding, establishing health insurance exchanges, supporting physician education, eliminating "pill mills," and fighting healthcare reform. >>>

CBO Report on Medicare Demos Draws Mixed Response

A Congressional Budget Office report critical of the Medicare fee-for-service demonstration projects in disease management, care coordination, and value-based payments says the agency's "evaluations show that most programs have not reduced Medicare spending." >>>

Future of Cost Shifting Depends on the Little Guy

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. >>>

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News Headlines

Senate watchdog targets high-prescribing Medicaid docs

ProPublica, January 25, 2012

Independent Payment Advisory Board exists in law, resides in limbo, January 25, 2012

Jackson Health System, UM headed toward 'a completely new relationship'

Miami Herald, January 25, 2012

Highmark to spend $500M on care network

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 25, 2012

Children's, Blue Cross deal curbs payments

The Boston Globe, January 24, 2012

More hospitals demand payment on the spot, January 24, 2012

Can ACOs improve healthcare while reducing costs?

The Wall Street Journal, January 23, 2012

Tenet Healthcare cuts deal with IL insurer as MO talks sputter

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 20, 2012

Medicare Cuts Could Slash 278K Hospital Jobs, Warns AHA

HealthLeaders Media, January 20, 2012

Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Averts Medicare Defunding

HealthLeaders Media, January 20, 2012

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Impact Analysis Report—The Next Phase of Cost Control

This third report in a series of four from the inaugural HealthLeaders Media CFO Exchange provides insight on cost containment from leaders at Banner Health, Wellmont Health System, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Floyd Memorial Hospital & Health Services, and Trinity Regional Health System. Eighteen percent cite "no culture of being cost-conscious" as their greatest organizational challenge to cost reduction. >>>

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Reaching New Heights

Hospitals are enjoying success with outpatient strategies, but it may be time for a more calculated, even cautious, approach.  >>>


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