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ACOs' Real Test Will Come with Two-Sided Risk

Philip Betbeze

The announcement this week of 89 Accountable Care Organizations is like a college acceptance letter: Great work so far, you got in, now the real work begins. The project's viability will be proved only when ACOs have to sign up for their second contracts, which will require two-sided risk. >>>


Editor's Picks

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

Expanding Medicaid in the Lone Star State threatens it with "financial ruin," says Governor Rick Perry in a letter to Kathleen Sebelius. But hospital leaders, footing large bills for uncompensated care, see the move as a double whammy. They've already agreed to cuts in disproportionate share hospital payments in exchange for an expanded Medicaid program. >>>

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. >>>

Personal Tech-Wielding Docs Challenge IT Leaders

Rogue physicians are being tempted by personal technology devices such as tablets and apps available outside traditional information technology departments, raising issues about how health data can be protected from being inappropriately captured, analyzed, and transmitted. >>>

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. >>>

4 Perspectives on What Financial Leaders Must Do Next

Four perspectives from this year's Healthcare Financial Management Association annual conference—from a banker, a ratings expert, a U.S. Comptroller, and the HFMA chair—warn CFOs that there is no choice but to continue full speed ahead to achieve better care at a reduced cost. >>>

News Headlines

Global physician payments show promise as consumers wait for savings

WBUR, July 13, 2012

How a model state is implementing health reform

Reuters, July 13, 2012

Despite Gov., TX agencies expected to work with feds in health exchanges

American-Statesman, July 13, 2012

In FL, lines are drawn over opting out of Medicaid plan

The New York Times, July 13, 2012

House votes (again) to repeal healthcare overhaul

The New York Times, July 12, 2012

Rural CA hospital CEOs see 'collaboration' differently

Plumas County News, July 12, 2012

Execs from Hopkins, UMMS, CareFirst weigh in on healthcare reform

The Baltimore Sun, July 11, 2012

Abington Hospital doctors oppose hospital merger

The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 12, 2012

Repeal of PPACA Would Be 'Devastating,' Sebelius Says

HealthLeaders Media, July 11, 2012

CPMC not budging on hospital deal

San Francisco Examiner, July 10, 2012

Opinion: Hospital CEO pay—The real issue is charity care

New Hampshire Union Leader, July 9, 2012

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