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MA Cost Containment Law Comes with Teeth

Karen Minich-Pourshadi

Massachusetts was first in the nation to achieve near-universal healthcare coverage. Will the Commonwealth be the first to constrain ballooning costs? Under a new law it will track costs and hold hospitals to performance targets. Non-compliant facilities face fines of up to $500,000. >>>


Editor's Picks

More Trauma Care Spending Doesn't Raise Survival Rates

Researchers find that the cost of treating trauma patients in the western United States is 33% higher than the cost of treating similarly injured patients in the Northeast. But the reasons for the price variance are not well understood, and "spending more doesn't always mean saving more lives," says the study's leader. >>>

Recovery Auditor Prepayment Review Demos Imminent

Prepayment reviews on types of claims associated with high rates of improper payments will begin this month in seven states known to have high populations of fraud- and error-prone providers, says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. >>>

States May Drop Medicaid Expansion, CMS Says

States that expand their Medicaid programs may choose to drop the expansion later, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced. But details remain unclear, says the National Association of Medicaid Directors. >>>

Hospitals Could Save $9 Billion Under EFT Rules

Interim final rules governing the use of healthcare electronic fund transfer standards and electronic remittance advice operating rules are projected to save providers billions of dollars in administrative costs over 10 years, says the Department of Health and Human Services. >>>

High Insurance Costs Linked to Abundance of Complex Choices

While executives at small companies might believe their escalating insurance costs are attributable to pre-existing conditions and bad lifestyle choices by their employees, award-winning research shows that is only part of the problem. >>>

Slideshow: 3 Hospital Rankings Compared

See how top hospitals measure up across three ratings systems. We compare hospital safety scores from the Leapfrog Group and Consumer Reports alongside the overall rankings of U.S. News & World Report's 17 top-rated hospitals. >>>

Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Patient Experience and HCAHPS—Little Consensus on a Top Priority

While 84% of health leaders rank "patient experience" among their top three priorities, less than half of them are making patient experience-specific investments. This original research and analysis, produced with support from Medseek, offers key insight from top healthcare executives, including new case studies from CaroMont Health, Gundersen Lutheran Health System, Inc., and Provena Health. >>>

News Headlines

TX urgent care centers scrutinized over ER-style billing

The Statesman, August 13, 2012

U.S. hospital companies seen under microscope as costs targeted

Chicago Tribune / Associated Press, August 10, 2012

Ascension Health signs new deal with embattled debt collector

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 10, 2012

MI hospitals curb use of costly, risky heart test

Detroit Free Press, August 10, 2012

Soaring ointment prices are a dermatologic mystery

The New York Times, August 10, 2012

Whistleblower lawsuit alleges Florida Hospital filed millions in false claims

Orlando Sentinel, August 9, 2012

8 ACOs worth a closer look

InformationWeek, August 9, 2012

MA governor signs new healthcare cost measure

The Boston Globe, August 7, 2012

Big Med: Can hospital chains improve the medical industry?

The New Yorker, August 7, 2012

Hospital chain inquiry cited unnecessary cardiac work

The New York Times, August 7, 2012

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

Date: Sept. 14, 2012, 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. 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. >>>

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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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