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Physician Referral Programs Hold Revenue Potential and Pitfalls

Karen Minich-Pourshadi

Hospital-physician partnerships don't guarantee that referrals will follow. A successful physician referral program requires a concerted, coordinated approach—and attention to costly self-referral violations. >>>


Editor's Picks

Medicare's 'No-Pay' HAI Policy Reshifts Hospital Priorities

Hospitals have been bolstering efforts to avoid healthcare-associated infections in response to payment rules, but those efforts come at the expense of other quality endeavors, says a report from Harvard Medical School. >>>

CMS Plan Would Tie Efficiency Scores to Hospital Payments

Efficiency scores measure cost per Medicare beneficiary at acute care hospitals and could mean as much as $200,000 for every $1 million of incentive payments in the value-based purchasing pool. But some hospitals say the scores are neither fair nor accurate. >>>

Not-For-Profit Hospitals Eye Continued Low Revenue Growth

The dim forecast for revenue growth is due mostly to flat volumes and payer pressures, but hospital operating performance is showing stability and hospital managers are finding cuts that have improved profits, says a Moody's analyst. >>>

How IPPS Proposed Rules Would Affect Quality Measures

The latest proposed rules for how federal payers would reimburse hospitals call for important changes in the way healthcare quality is measured—and should prompt quality leaders to consider refocusing their resources. >>>

ACO Payments May Hinge More on Geography than Quality

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that payments that participating providers receive in the Medicare Pioneer and Shared Savings ACO programs might be more dependent upon location than performance. >>>

NEW LIVE Webcast

Boost Physician Referrals, Build Your Bottom Line

Date: May 15, 2012
About: Successful physician referral programs are strategic, data-driven, and coordinated with an organization’s overall physician engagement plan. Join us for a 90-minute, customized webcast with a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access. >>>

News Headlines

Medical billing: Error-prone system is headache for insurers, providers, patients

The Plain Dealer, May 7, 2012

West Penn Allegheny doesn't control destiny in wake of Highmark-UPMC contract

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 7, 2012

Hospital sale takes on deeper meaning

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 7, 2012

Governor saves Oregon budget and his reputation in healthcare deal with Obama administration

The Oregonian, May 4, 2012

MA payment-reform bill would overhaul how healthcare providers are paid

The Washington Post, May 2, 2012

ARH hospital chain seeks emergency injunction against Medicaid contractor

The Lexington Herald-Leader, May 2, 2012

Hospitals could face rate freeze in MD

The Washington Post, May 2, 2012

Stop suing patients, NAACP tells Carolinas HealthCare System

The Charlotte Observer, May 2, 2012

Hike Referrals with Physician Liaisons

HealthLeaders Media, May 2, 2012

EHR rules may be too ambitious, says AHA

Bloomberg, May 1, 2012

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Rounds: Building ACO Foundations—Lessons From Kaiser Permanente's Integrated Delivery Model

Date: May 30, 2012
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From HealthLeaders Magazine


Physicians, Hospital Executives Get Collaborative

Relationships between physicians and executive leadership have never been smooth, but they've never been more important. Now legislative and contractual changes are forcing both parties to reconsider how they work together. >>>


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