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Sequestration Might Be Least Bad Outcome for Healthcare

Philip Betbeze

Congress's attempt to impose fiscal discipline on itself through sequestration might be crude, but should it happen next January, healthcare reimbursement might suffer much less than other parts of the federal budget. >>>


Editor's Picks

U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals List Shifts Methodology

This year, the magazine's algorithm for determining hospital scores gives less weight to a facility's reputation and more weight to hospital data that is publicly available, such as information collected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. >>>

Low HCAHPS Scores at Safety Net Hospitals Examined

On nearly every measure of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey patient experience questionnaire, safety net hospitals scored 5.6 percentage points lower than their non-safety net counterparts, a review of survey responses shows. Researchers offer two explanations for the disparity. >>>

7 Ways the PPACA Hurts Safety Net Hospitals

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was written in part to strengthen this country’s healthcare safety net, may end up punishing the very providers who take care of the poor. >>>

Berwick's Top 7 Concerns About Healthcare Reform

Former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services chief Don Berwick urges healthcare stakeholders to be vigilant in making sure that real healthcare reform continues, and shares his concerns about costs, the role of prevention, and healthcare insurance exchanges. >>>

PPACA Whips Up Uncertainty for Hospitals

Supporters of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act cannot deny that implementation of the sweeping reforms will be a daunting task that may, ultimately, fail. But many critics have provided no realistic alternatives to bending an unsustainable healthcare cost curve. >>>

CHIME Certification Gives HIT Leaders a Boost

Challenged to keep up with healthcare's accelerating technological pace, information technology leaders turn to the world's only program for certifying healthcare CIOs, offered by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. >>>



The Healthcare Executive's Guide to ACO Strategy

This comprehensive book dissects the integral components of ACOs from the view of physicians, providers, and payers and analyzes CMS's final regulations. Get the book that provides specifics on incorporating accountable care structure and strategy into your organization and enter the ACO era prepared and positioned to succeed. >>>

News Headlines

Highmark shells out $32M to amass property in PA

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 20, 2012

States saying no to health law could see downside

The Salt Lake Tribune / Associated Press, July 19, 2012

Healthcare M&A trumps weak earnings outlook

TheStreet, July 19, 2012

CPMC hospital development vote wins 2-week delay

San Francisco Chronicle, July 19, 2012

AR says Medicaid expansion saves $372M

The Washington Post, July 19, 2012

Another round of OH hospital mergers?

The Plain Dealer, July 19, 2012

Medical groups to CMS: Slow down on dual eligibles

Politico, July 18, 2012

Look closer at claim global payments are improving care

WBUR, July 18, 2012

Top 12 reasons health providers pay too much for IT

Government Health IT, July 18, 2012

MA health cost bill may not attack key problem

The Boston Globe, July 17, 2012

Parkland Reorg Designates Interim Leaders

HealthLeaders Media, July 16, 2012

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Rounds: 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 about how to position your women's health programs to meet evolving physician and patient demands. Move beyond OB/GYN and learn to plan, build and operate a women's health center of excellence. >>>

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Refocus: Building the Best Physician Team

As hospitals move from a fee-for-service to value-based world, leaders are exploring how to create a physician team of generalists, specialists, and subspecialists to best meet the new needs of care.  >>>


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