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Commonwealth Fund to Study Access to Healthcare

Margaret Dick Tocknell

An effort to track low- and moderate-income adults to see how they fare under the Affordable Care Act may offer glimpses as to whether it is accomplishing its goals, or whether it's just another behemoth government program. >>>


Editor's Picks

Essential Health Benefits Bulletin Draws Fire

A federal move to put states in charge of decisions regarding essential health benefits for health insurance exchanges is drawing generally negative public reaction. >>>

Will Paying Hospitals to Teach Each Other Get Results?

The Department of Health and Human Services believes that best practices, techniques, and solutions for obtaining higher levels of quality and safety among hospitals should be widely distributed. Ascension Health is in the vanguard, sharing what it knows about achieving clinical excellence. >>>

Hospital HCAHPS Scores Beat Expectations

Hospitals have been scurrying to improve their patient experience scores under Medicare's value-based purchasing rules. Those efforts are paying off, Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey responses show. >>>

Don't Give Up on Dead Claims

Denials can wreck a provider's revenue stream, but physician practices often give up on payment too soon, says an attorney. "Providers have a lot more leverage than they realize," he says. >>>

Impact Analysis Report

Value-Based Purchasing: Facing the HCAHPS Hurdle

New research finds that 25% of organizations have not yet begun preparing for VBP. Get additional data in this final report in a series of four from the inaugural HealthLeaders Media CFO Exchange, with analysis and insight from leaders at Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare, Hackensack University Medical Center, Piedmont Healthcare, Griffin Hospital, and Sharp Healthcare. >>>

News Headlines

14 Hospitals reach $12M false claims accord

Bloomberg, February 8, 2012

Rethinking hospital readmissions

Marketplace / American Public Media, February 8, 2012

Opinion: Medicare payment formula must be repealed

Buffalo News, February 8, 2012

WA state has new plan for ER limits; doctors critical

The News Tribune, February 8, 2012

VT would allow 'bronze plan' to encourage health

CBS News / Associated Press, February 7, 2012

Medicaid changes challenge TX hospitals to do things differently

Houston Chronicle, February 7, 2012

Boston's BIDMC Medicare billing examined

The Boston Globe, February 6, 2012

Insurance lags on wound care

Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 6, 2012

House repeals long-term care program Obama viewed as too costly

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, February 3, 2012

Medicare Advantage Enrollment Grows, Premiums Shrink

HealthLeaders Media, February 2, 2012

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Date: March 22, 2012
About: Join HealthLeaders Media for 90 minutes of commercial ACO strategy and solutions, direct from top executives representing both providers and payers. This customizable webcast allows you to pre-submit questions to our speakers to help guide the discussion. >>>

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Outpatient Care Expansion Comes Under Scrutiny

Even the most ardent proponents of outpatient care say its pace of growth may slow, depending on a community's need for integrated care and specific demand for multidisciplinary approaches. >>>


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