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Value of Rural Hospitals Linked to ED Utilization

John Commins

Healthcare leaders should be attentive to the role of rural hospitals in managing patient population health. At rural hospitals, emergency departments appear to have figured out how to compensate for the lack of primary care access. >>>


Editor's Picks

10 Tips and 32 Strategies for Healthcare CEOs

Aiming to shrink waste and share accumulated knowledge, an all-star cast of hospital chiefs, in a report posted on the Institue of Medicine website, gives pointers on how to keep hospitals and healthcare systems alive. >>>

AMA: Health Insurers Slash Claims Mistakes in Half

In an all-too-rare bit of good news from the realm of provider reimbursements, commercial health insurers posted a significant reduction in bungled medical claims in 2012, says the American Medical Association. >>>

Hospital-to-Home Program Aims to Reduce Readmissions

Medicare patients at high risk for readmission are assigned a care transition coach, often a nurse, who helps them with medication, follow-up appointments, and problem solving. >>>

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. >>>

Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Collaborating to Improve Care and Cut Costs

Initiating collaborative relationships is the key to improved quality, most healthcare leaders say in this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Many also agree that major increases in HIT spending are necessary, but others are more cautious about spending for technology improvements. Download the free report with exclusive research and analysis. >>>

News Headlines

Trauma in the ER: Who covers the uninsured?

The LA Times, June 20, 2012

Does Medicaid actually help people?

NPR, June 20, 2012

Health reform without a mandate: Lessons from WA

The Washington Post, June 19, 2012

CEO expresses concern over future of NH's Exeter Hospital

Portsmouth Herald, June 19, 2012

VT to cope better than most if healthcare law repealed

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, June 19, 2012

CA court allows unsupervised nurses to give anesthetics

The San Francisco Chronicle, June 19, 2012

Hospital systems at odds over 'poaching' physicians

The Columbus Dispatch, June 18, 2012

For hospital CIOs, mergers complicate move to electronic records

The Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2012

Many doctors use limited Spanish skills with patients

Reuters, June 15, 2012

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LIVE Webcast: Prevent 30-Day Readmissions

Date: June 27, 2012 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Learn readmissions approaches that work from 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. >>>

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