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PPACA Not Out of Danger in Upcoming Negotiations

Karen Minich-Pourshadi

Despite the election results, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act might not be fully protected. With talks beginning to prevent sequestration, many aspects of the law could become pawns in the budgetary negotiations process. >>>


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MGMA: Medicare Part B Tops Payer Rankings

A Medical Group Management Association survey finds high satisfaction scores for Medicare Part B, Cigna, and Aetna, and reveals that MGMA members are in no rush to join new physician reimbursement models. >>>

State HIX Early Deadlines Extended

Observers say the revised deadlines for states to declare their intentions and submit plans for health insurance exchanges do not necessarily mean that the January 2014 start will be delayed. But the tight schedule allows little margin for error. >>>

Why Healthcare Costs Trillions Less in Canada

Canada's government-paid healthcare system costs a fraction of the amount spent on Medicare. Researchers offer two main reasons, and say that quality of care apparently has not suffered in Canada because of its parsimony. >>>

Health Plans Betting on HIX to Bring in Business

Florida Blue, the state's largest health plan, is building retail centers in preparation for business to be generated by health insurance exchanges. The shops are tailor-made for selling Medicare Advantage policies, the company says. >>>

Better Patient Flow Boosts Physicians Group Revenue by $3.5M

By taking a page from Toyota Motor Group, FedEx, and the manufacturing world, the largest primary care physician group in Massachusetts is yielding a net gain of $1.75 million per year, after a gain in the first year of $3.5 million. >>>

M&A Roundup: KentuckyOne Health forms $1.4B JOA

The healthcare sector got a little more concentrated last week when University Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center signed a joint operating agreement with KentuckyOne Health. In Atlanta, Piedmont Healthcare and WellStar Health System formed the Georgia Health Collaborative. >>>

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Date: Nov. 27, 2012, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

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News Headlines

Alaska among 9 states to skip out on insurance exchanges

Alaska Dispatch / Christian Science Monitor, November 19, 2012

Remaking healthcare: change the way providers are paid

The Wall Street Journal, November 19, 2012

HMC using big gift on integrated medicine

Lehigh Valley Live / The Express-Times, November 19, 2012

Providers push back on Medicaid inquiries

The New York Times / The Texas Tribune, November 16, 2012

Computer issues may hamper online insurance markets

Kaiser Health News / NBCNews, November 16, 2012

Bill could make hospitals post more data

Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, November 16, 2012

'$5 doctor' practices medicine from bygone era

The Mercury / Associated Press, November 16, 2012

WellStar buys a broken shard of Newt, Inc.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 15, 2012

KU Hospital revenue jumps to more than $1B

Kansas City Business Journal, November 14, 2012

Altoona hospital system mulls bids from UPMC, Highmark, Geisinger

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 14, 2012

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Date: Nov. 29, 2012, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

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Volume, Value, and Compensation Metrics

Although executive compensation is largely linked to financial metrics, there is a shift in healthcare as leaders are increasingly being measured on factors of quality outcomes and patient satisfaction. >>>


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