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Medicare Fix Remains Elusive

Margaret Dick Tocknell

The program designed half a century ago to help the elderly and disadvantaged pay for healthcare has exploded into a costly, complicated magnet for fraud. As the pace of healthcare reform quickens, one thing is constant: the inability of Congress to fix Medicare. >>>


Editor's Picks

Hospital Executives' Confidence In Caring for Uninsured Varies

Confidence at the leadership level in the current quality of care for the uninsured varies. HealthLeaders Media Council members comment on how their organizations rate, as well as challenges they anticipate when budgeting to care for the uninsured. >>>

Healthcare M&A Activity Surges in Q2

Buoyed by two blockbuster deals, the dollar value of healthcare services mergers and acquisitions tripled during the second quarter of 2012 compared with business activity among physician groups, hospitals, and managed care firms during the comparable quarter in 2011, a report shows. >>>

Aurora Health Offers Employers a Savings Guarantee

Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care is offering employers who join the Aurora Accountable Care Network guaranteed savings averaging 10%. The savings are generated primarily through coordinated care for patients, lower co-pays with network providers, and better health outcomes, the company says. >>>

How Hospital Forecasting Just Got Tougher

With the uncertainty over which states will opt out of Medicaid, financial leaders in healthcare settings need a handle on their local and national political scenes and must predict the impact on reimbursements and patient volumes. In other words, they need to know everything. >>>

Don't Bungle Bundled Payments

Before jumping into a bundled payment initiative, senior healthcare leaders should test and evaluate how accepting one payment for a variety of services performed under a single care episode would affect their bottom line. >>>

Hospitals' Adverse Event Reporting Systems Inadequate

The systems by which the nation's hospitals detect and quantify patient harm within their facilities can be summarized by the Tower of Babel cliché: It seems that everyone uses a different definition of what is a reportable adverse event. >>>

Rural Hospitals Prep for 'March' on Washington

Renewed funding for Medicare-dependent hospitals and optimism are on the agenda as the National Rural Health Association takes its message to Congress, where a pending bill to preserve funding is one of the few that has bipartisan support in both chambers. >>>

LIVE Webcast

Going Mobile—Defining Strategy and Establishing Metrics

Date: August 28, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Mobile solutions provide new ways to serve patients, improve efficiency, and deliver greater value. Discover how Swedish Medical Center, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, and Mercy Health have built mobile strategies that advance their business goals and how you can too. Get proven strategies from industry leaders in a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access. >>>

News Headlines

Aetna's Q2 profit falls 15 percent but 2012 forecast rises

The Washington Post, August 1, 2012

Humana reduces 2012 forecast as Medicare costs increase

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, August 1, 2012

US administration says states will join Medicaid expansion

Reuters, July 31, 2012

Insurance rebates seen as selling point for health law

The New York Times, July 31, 2012

Legislators reach compromise on MA health cost bill

The Boston Globe, July 31, 2012

Doctor shortage likely to worsen with health law

The New York Times, July 30, 2012

Health insurance mandate faces huge resistance in OK

The Washington Post, July 30, 2012

Hospitals are worried about cut in fund for the uninsured

The New York Times, July 27, 2012

Worries grow as healthcare firms send jobs overseas

Los Angeles Times, July 26, 2012

WellPoint cuts forecast as quarterly profit misses view

Reuters, July 26, 2012

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Webcast: Marketing & Metrics—The Cleveland Clinic and Fairview Way

Date: Sept. 14, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Can you prove the value of your marketing efforts to your organization's bottom line? Learn how marketing leaders from Cleveland Clinic and Fairview Health Services capture, track, and measure the impact of their marketing programs to demonstrate ROI and better support organizational business objectives. >>>

From HealthLeaders Magazine


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.  >>>


Financial Benefits of Telehealth


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