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Appalachian, Urban Health Challenges Remarkably Similar

John Commins

One of the unfortunate ironies of population health is that people who live in the most remote sections of the U.S. often face the same health and healthcare access issues that plague people in large cities, studies show.  >>>


Editor's Picks

MO Hospitals Review Highlights Value of Disaster Preparedness

A year after a tornado destroyed the healthcare delivery infrastructure in Joplin, a report from the Missouri Hospital Association suggests that the hospitals' ability to overcome disasters depended in no small part upon the emergency preparedness plans they'd been developing for the last decade. >>>

OIG Uncovers Flaws in CMS Processes, Programs

A recent spate of Office of Inspector General audit reports calls into question some programs from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. For example, a review of the Medicare fee-for-service error rate finds that the calculation methodology is flawed. >>>

Will Maryland's Rate Shift Send Tremors Around the Country?

Maryland is often a testing ground for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which is based in Baltimore. So it was noteworthy when a Maryland state rate commission recently set reimbursement payments at a near-freeze level. >>>

Eat Healthful Food...If You Can Find It

Two federal departments have just issued two separate reports that highlight a stubborn hurdle for well-meaning wellness advocates: While the cost of healthful foods is no greater than that of processed or junk foods, nearly 25 million Americans don't have ready access to it. >>>

Beyond HCAHPS, Patient Surveys Dig Into Functional Outcomes

Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Provider and Systems surveys only go so far. Now specialty disease, procedure measure, and mental status questionnaires ask patients—on their own terms—to tell doctors the results of treatment regimens. >>>


Tactics for Valuing Medical Practices—Buying, Selling and Mergers

Date: May 31, 2012
About: From administrative issues to physician compensation, timing, and cultural fit, hospital and physician leaders must 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. >>>

News Headlines

Hospice being marketed as a cost-cutter for hospitals

USA Today, May 23, 2012

Poll: What it's like to be sick in America

KQED, May 23, 2012

Patients aren't great at figuring out if they got excellent medical care

The Atlantic, May 22, 2012

Hospitals prepare for a plus-size future

Houston Chronicle, May 22, 2012

Healthcare industry's perfect storm

Daily Chronicle, May 21, 2012

Healthcare's top executive salaries increase with complexity of system, May 21, 2012

Community health clinics challenged as poor increase

San Antonio Express-News, May 21, 2012

'Uninsurable' patients could lose coverage if the healthcare law is overturned

The Washington Post, May 18, 2012

KY weighed politics, medicine in inmate’s surgery

Miami Herald, May 18, 2012

Immigration status a health policy challenge

Politico, May 17, 2012

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

Date: May 30, 2012
About: Join HealthLeaders Media and host Kaiser Permanente for a live and simulcast three-hour leadership event on how to use the foundations of team medicine, population health management, and actionable data to create your own vision of integration. Access our FREE event case study now, then register for the exclusive companion event. >>>

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ACO Blueprints: Options in Accountability

As the healthcare industry moves away from a transaction-based system, leading organizations are exploring accountable care models of various types. >>>


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