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Medicare Brain Trust Floats SGR Solutions

Margaret Dick Tocknell

In a series of roundtable discussions on the sustainable growth rate formula, the former heads of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Health Care Financing Administration hope to find solutions. >>>


Editor's Picks

Aetna Building National ACO Network

The health insurer is investing $1 billion to create a national network of accountable care organizations over the next five years. It already has 10 agreements in place and expects to have a total of 20 under contract by year end. >>>

Healthcare Costs Top $20K Per Family

The national annual cost of medical care for a typical family of four with PPO coverage has edged up over $20,000 for the first time, according to the actuarial and consulting firm, Milliman.   >>>

Florida Blue Launches Oncology ACO

Florida's major health insurer has joined forces with two healthcare providers to form an accountable care organization dedicated to oncology. It is believed to be among the first specialty ACOs. >>>

CMS Cuts Red Tape, Providers to Save $5B

The new Medicare rules' greatest savings will come from provisions that broaden the definition of a hospital's medical staff in a way that allows hospitals to grant privileges to both physicians and non-physicians, even if they're not on staff. >>>

Medicaid Reimbursement Rate Hike Proposed

Primary care providers, some subspecialist physicians, and nurse practitioners who treat Medicaid patients would be paid at significantly higher Medicare rates under a proposed rule. >>>

NEW Intelligence Report

Volume, Flow, and Safety Issues in the ED

As health systems try to improve their EDs, healthcare leaders are watching the financial framework with caution. About 80% say they expect their ED revenue margins will worsen as a result of healthcare reform and 78% say their reimbursement also will get worse, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis. >>>

News Headlines

MA Gov defends near-universal healthcare

The Boston Globe, May 16, 2012

IL Gov may order start of health insurance exchange

Evansville Courier & Press / Associated Press, May 16, 2012

Accretive Health asks for advice on collecting bills from Shalala, Leavitt

Pioneer Press, May 16, 2012

Berwick on Analytics: Technology Is Ready, but Doctors Need Help

HealthLeaders Media, May 15, 2012

Opinion: Health insurance expansion looming, primary care turf battle heats up

The Washington Post, May 15, 2012

Not retiring at 65: Physician goes from anti-EHR to pro-ACO

HealthcareIT News, May 15, 2012

Employers shift more health costs to workers

The Boston Globe, May 14, 2012

NJ gov vetoes bill creating health insurance exchange

The Washington Post, May 11, 2012

Meaningful Use Quality Measures May Be Meaningless

HealthLeaders Media, May 10, 2012

High-cost Medicare hospitals identified

The News Tribune, May 10, 2012

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Webcast: Tactics for Valuing Medical Practices: Buying, Selling and Mergers

Date: May 31, 2012
About: From administrative issues to physician compensation, timing, and cultural fit, negotiating requires hospital and physician leaders to respond to the key motivations and market realities that come with buying or selling a physician practice. Get the strategies you need in a customized webcast with a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access. >>>

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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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