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Duke LifePoint Eyes Michigan's Upper Peninsula

John Commins

Michigan's remote Upper Peninsula may soon have a new blue chip player competing in the healthcare arena with the likes of the prestigious Mayo Clinic and Henry Ford Health System. >>>


Editor's Picks

Belt Tightening Gets Tougher for Hospitals

Ongoing reductions in federal funding for healthcare in the fiscal 2013 budget and beyond could make it disproportionately more difficult and more expensive for hospitals that rely on Medicare to borrow money, Moody's Investors Service says. >>>

CMS Plan to Restrict Sale of Pain Drugs Opposed by AMA

A federal plan calling for Medicare Advantage Part D sponsors to deny potentially unsafe pain drugs such as hydrocodone and oxycodone is drawing objection from the American Medical Association. >>>

ACO Lessons from Early Adopters Are Invaluable

If you haven't taken the plunge into an accountable care model already, you will soon. That's why it's important to learn from the early adopters >>>

Most C. Diff Infections Start in Healthcare Facilities

Half of hospitalized patients treated for Clostridium difficileillness present already infected, and most cases are seen in patients with recent exposure to medical facilities such as outpatient surgery clinics and doctors' offices, a federal study shows. >>>


The Healthcare Executive's Guide to ACO Strategy

This comprehensive book dissects the integral components of ACOs from the view of physicians, providers, and payers and analyzes CMS's final regulations. Get the book that provides specifics on incorporating accountable care structure and strategy into your organization and enter the ACO era prepared and positioned to succeed. >>>

News Headlines

Price of popular drugs rose 26%, AARP says

The New York Times, March 7, 2012

Most CO hospitals report strong profits

KUNC, March 6, 2012

Opinion: Need a reason to question Obamacare? Just look to LA

The Atlantic, March 6, 2012

Feds to give VA Medical Center to New Orleans, March 6, 2012

Struggling SD hospital faces insolvency

Wausau Daily Herald / Associated Press, March 5, 2012

Obama's hospital funding cuts seen worsening primary care doctor shortage

Bloomberg, March 2, 2012

Community Health buys IL hospital

The Tennessean, March 2, 2012

TX seeks early release for more sick inmates

Star-Telegram, March 2, 2012

Hospitals find ways to limit readmissions (VA)

The Virginian-Pilot, March 1, 2012

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LIVE Webcast: Commercial ACOs—Strategies from Early Adopters

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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Putting Data in Nurses' Hands

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