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For ACO Adoption Success, Leave Cost Out of It

Karen Minich-Pourshadi

One of the main appeals of the accountable care organization model is the potential cost savings. But for Palmetto Health System, the ACO driver was physician alignment first and cost savings second. The result is a high degree of physician buy-in to the program. >>>


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How Hospitals Can Shape Sustainable Cost Control

The CFO of a physician organization sums up the cost control problem: "We can't get beyond the idea stage. Then, we get absorbed into the next crisis and forget all about cost reduction." A look at several healthcare systems reveals many different approaches to getting a handle on costs. >>>

MedPAC Recommends FFS Benefit Changes

Medicare's fee-for-service benefit design should be changed to provide better protection against high out-of-pocket cost sharing and to encourage beneficiaries to make better healthcare decisions, says the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. >>>

Insurer Hikes FFS Pay, Providers Notch Savings

Premera Blue Cross is reducing its healthcare costs by increasing the fee-for-service reimbursements it pays to some of its physicians. Early adopters indicate that in one year, the total healthcare cost trends for their attributed Premera patients were 3% to 5% below the average cost of other patients. >>>

Safety Net Hospitals Raise Concerns on DSH Cuts

Proposed cuts to disproportionate share payments under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act may not be on the same timetable as the expansion of health insurance coverage say advocates for safety net hospitals. The fate of the more than $40 billion in Medicare and Medicaid cuts over 10 years is in the hands of the Supreme Court. >>>

Healthcare Spending Trend to Accelerate, Says CMS

A 4% projected spending increase between 2011 and 2013 reflects implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. By 2014, spending growth is expected to increase by 7.4%, says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. >>>

LIVE Webcast

Prevent 30-Day Readmissions

Date: June 27, 2012 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Learn readmissions approaches that workfrom speakers at leading healthcare systems. You'll leave this interactive webcast with strategies to standardize care protocols for cardiac and pneumonia patients, improve federal funding for these initiatives, and assess and assign patient risk for readmission, including Medicare FFS patients. >>>

News Headlines

Officials: Taxpayers need say on CHS

The Charlotte Observer, June 18, 2012

Fairview's new goal: Less repeat business

Star Tribune, June 18, 2012

For hospital CIOs, mergers complicate move to electronic records

The Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2012

Hospital units for elderly could cut nation's healthcare costs

San Francisco Chronicle, June 15, 2012

Cost of healthcare relief temporary, federal report shows

Miami Herald, June 14, 2012

OhioHealth, cardiology doctors reach deal

The Columbus Dispatch, June 14, 2012

The secret world of healthcare pricing

Marketplace, June 13, 2012

Medicare Advantage enrollment rises 10 percent on lower premiums

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, June 13, 2012

Highmark, Jefferson Regional announce partnership worth at least $275M

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 13, 2012

Can hospital execs walk the tightrope over the cost-quality chasm?

Forbes, June 12, 2012

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