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MedPAC's Claims on Rural Healthcare Access Ripped

John Commins

Advocates for rural healthcare providers are objecting to a Medicare Payment Advisory Commission report this month that says that access to rural healthcare services is "similar" to access in urban areas and that reimbursement for that care is "adequate." >>>


Editor's Picks

Reducing 30-day Readmissions, Simply

Hospital readmissions are costly, but simple care coordination programs are proving to be successful in achieving reductions. One proponent says care coordination does not require expensive equipment, "just a restructuring of personnel into teams and the creation and use of standardized care checklists." >>>

Seeking ROI Via Population Health Management

Population health management is at the core of healthcare reform; it offers hospitals and health systems a pathway to long-term patient care cost reductions. Access to a willing participatory patient population, however, is not enough. A successful PHM program needs collaboration, communication, and data. >>>

U.S. Overpaying for Veterans' Healthcare

The federal government is paying twice to provide the same care for veterans, once through capitated rates to Medicare Advantage plans, and again to finance the VA healthcare system, a study finds. >>>

AHA Rejects Proposed Readmission Penalties

In a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the American Hospital Association objects to several parts of the proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule, saying federal officials "ignored Congress's intent" in drafting the regulations. >>>

Care Coordination Advancing Slowly

While three-quarters of healthcare leaders are entering into collaborative care relationships, two-thirds say they are not initiating shared-savings programs with payers or providers to assume risks as part of an effort to reduce costs. >>>

Hospital-Acquired VTE Still a Leading Cause of Death

While a few hospitals are getting better at recognizing the importance of hospital-acquired venous thromboembolism prevention, the number of cases, and deaths, are not going down, two reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show. >>>

NEW Breakthroughs Report

The Promise of Healthcare Analytics

Healthcare is rich in data. The challenge for healthcare organizations is to make sense of the morass of clinical, financial, and operational information generated. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, four leading healthcare organizations—Brigham and Women's Hospital, St. Luke's University Health Network, Charleston Area Medical Center, and BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina—share insights and lessons learned. >>>

News Headlines

New Accretive allegations: Debt collector told new mom to pay or baby would stay

Pioneer Press, June 27, 2012

Could Kaiser Permanente's low-cost healthcare be even cheaper?

WBUR, June 27, 2012

Overhaul of healthcare in VT arrives for cancer patients

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, June 27, 2012

Study: Hospital costs drop when infants treated better

The Hill, June 27, 2012

Doctor shortage raises rural C-section rate

Minnesota Public Radio, June 27, 2012

1 in 5 Nurses is Depressed

HealthLeaders Media, June 26, 2012

Supreme Court to review Phoebe Putney purchase of Palmyra

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, June 26, 2012

UPMC's electronic health information exchange begins

Pittsburgh Business Times, June 26, 2012

University of Washington program tries to give rural medicine a boost

Idaho Statesman / Moscow-Pullman Daily News, June 26, 2012

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Breakthroughs Report: Strategic Solutions for the Readmissions Challenge

Successfully preventing readmissions requires many players to fill the gaps in the care continuum. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, we examine how four leading health systems—Griffin Hospital, Parkview Health, Sarasota Memorial HealthCare System, and UPMC Hamot—are moving the needle. >>>

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