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Health Insurers Outline Medicare Expansion Plans

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Senior executives at major public health plans outline the steps they are taking expand their Medicare and dual-eligible footprints, as well as programs to expand physician engagement and accountable care organizations. >>>


Editor's Picks

Physicians Ask Congress for SGR Alternatives

Doctors' advocates are asking Congress to scrap Medicare's widely reviled sustainable growth rate payment scheme and replace it with flexible payment options that reward quality and efficiency. >>>

Aetna Establishes a Beachhead at Costco

Aetna and Costco have expanded into nine states with their cobranded health plan, with two more pending regulatory review. As health insurance sales shift to direct-to-consumer models, Aetna attempts to tap into Costco's successful retail strategy. >>>

Heartland Health Joins Mayo Clinic Network

By strategically adding Heartland, a Missouri-based integrated health delivery system, the Mayo Clinic Care Network extends its geographic reach without building costly new facilities, spending cash to acquire hospitals, or consolidating with another health system. >>>

Five Hospitals Share Three Secrets to Improve Knee Surgery Outcomes

When surgeons at five healthcare systems shared their individual processes for 11,000 knee replacement operations, three best practices emerged that reduced lengths of stay, lowered readmission rates, and improved other outcomes for hospitals that embraced them. >>>

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Date: May 30, 12:00–3:00 (Eastern)
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. >>>

News Headlines

PA closes in on health IT network

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 30, 2012

Grow your own health information exchange

InformationWeek, May 30, 2012

Opinion: Could nonprofit health insurance plans be the real reformers?

iWatch News, May 30, 2012

Medicare fight hits House, Senate races

The Hill, May 29, 2012

Insurers forcing patients to pay more for costly specialty drugs

Los Angeles Times, May 29, 2012

Many hospitals, doctors offer cash discount for medical bills

Los Angeles Times, May 29, 2012

MO health insurers to pay rebates

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 29, 2012

Legislation may enable states to offer universal healthcare

Los Angeles Times, May 25, 2012

NC fights Medicaid fraud with analytics

InformationWeek, May 25, 2012

High deductibles, unexpected hospital bills produce sticker shock

The Tennessean, May 25, 2012

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THURSDAY 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, 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 featuring executive speakers from Catholic Health Initiatives and MemoricalCare Medical Foundation and a leading M&A consultant. >>>

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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. >>>


Aetna Building National ACO Network


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