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PPACA's Impact on Quality of Care Isn't Getting Its Due

Cheryl Clark

In upholding most of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court validates improvements to quality and safety of care. But discussion has centered almost exclusively around access issues and consumer payments. >>>


Editor's Picks

Repeal of PPACA Would Be 'Devastating,' Sebelius Says

Medicare beneficiaries would feel the brunt if the healthcare reform law were to be repealed, says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the matter Wednesday. >>>

89 ACOs Open for Business

The launch of 89 accountable care organizations in 40 states on July 1 means more than 2.4 million Medicare beneficiaries are receiving care from shared savings ACOs, federal officials say. >>>

Medicare Proposal Ties Stricter Quality Measures to ESRD Payments

Kidney dialysis centers would have to work within stricter quality guidelines under a proposed incentive payment program for care delivered to patients with end-stage renal disease. >>>

PPACA's Advance Poses Challenges for Rural Healthcare

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last month upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act resolved constitutional questions about the sweeping law. Now states are left with the challenge of implementing it, and reports show a huge variance in readiness from state to state. >>>

NCQA Preps Specialists for Patient-Centered Medical Homes

Public comment wraps up this week on a major effort to extend the patient-centered medical home into specialty practices. The Specialty Practice Recognition standard will close the information loop between physicians, and is a key to expanding the PCMH model. >>>

NEW Rounds Event

A Comprehensive Women's Health Service Line—Lessons from North Shore-LIJ

Date: August 9, 2012, 12:00–3:00 p.m. ET
In three hours learn direct from the founders of the Katz Institute for Women's Health how to position your women's health programs to meet evolving physician and patient demands. Move beyond OBGYN and learn to plan, build and operate a women's health center of excellence. >>>

News Headlines

Medicaid patients turn to hospitals for emergencies, not routine care

Reuters, July 12, 2012

House votes (again) to repeal healthcare overhaul

The New York Times, July 12, 2012

Montefiore Hospital tackles worrisome computer physician entries

InformationWeek, July 12, 2012

What Perry's Stance on Medicaid Expansion Means to Texas Hospitals

HealthLeaders Media, July 11, 2012

More stroke patients die after weekend hospital admissions

ABC News, July 11, 2012

As FL closed only TB hospital, CDC warned of outbreak

Orlando Sentinel, July 10, 2012

FDA won't order doctors to get painkillers training

The New York Times, July 10, 2012

Study: Improve care, reduce high cost for Medicare beneficiaries

The JHU Gazette, July 10, 2012

Feds rank TX worst healthcare provider

Houston Chronicle, July 6, 2012

Suffering patients and the new painkiller rules

WBUR, July 6, 2012

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Rounds: Excellence in Cardiac Care—Elements of Success from The Mount Sinai Medical Center

Date: July 18, 12:00–3:00 p.m. ET
How do you balance the latest in advanced cardiovascular treatment with market growth? Join HealthLeaders Media and the cardiovascular team at The Mount Sinai Medical Center to learn how Sinai has reinvented one of the top cardiovascular enterprises in the country. >>>

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Shaping Sustainable Cost Control

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