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Why Medicare Advantage Star Ratings Matter

Jacqueline Fellows

Collectively, health insurers that receive bonus payments for multiple-star ratings under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Star Quality Rating System for Medicare Advantage plans stand to rake in billions of dollars. >>>


Editor's Picks

HealthGrades Releases Clinical Excellence Hospital Rankings

Of about 1,900 eligible facilities, only 262 received top scores. Noticeably absent are some of the most prominent, such as the Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Medical Center, and Massachusetts General Hospital. >>>

HHS Unveils Proposed HIE Rules

A lengthy proposed rule on health insurance exchanges gives states more flexibility in designing benefits and determining cost sharing in the Medicaid program, says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. >>>

Readmissions May be Triggered by 'Post-Hospital Syndrome'

Sleep deprivation, poor nourishment, pain, and other hospital-induced stressors may be making patients sick with other conditions after their primary illnesses are resolved, a researcher suggests. >>>

Patient Safety Tool Helps ID Hospital Errors

An electronic tool from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality allows providers to categorize events as near misses, unsafe conditions, or actual patient harm incidents—and then drill down to the possible causes. >>>

Providers Push for Slower Stage 3 MU Roll Out

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives summed up the feelings of many physicians and hospital leaders when it asked the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to "reconsider the speed and scale for achieving Stage 3 meaningful use objectives by 2016." >>>

Financial Forecast Follies

Healthcare executives are overwhelmingly concerned about reduced reimbursements in 2013. Nine out of ten say it's the top threat to their organizations. It remains to be seen how the shortfall will be made up. >>>

HL20: Lori Swanson—Taking a Stand on Bill Collection Efforts

In our annual HealthLeaders 20 feature, we profile individuals who are changing healthcare for the better. This is the story of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson. Her work on a case against a large revenue cycle management and debt collection firm resulted in a financial settlement and a ban against the company doing business in the state for at least two years. >>>

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News Headlines

In 'fiscal cliff' deal, a blow to Obamacare

The Washington Post, January 16, 2013

'Fiscal cliff' law to affect Medicare's quality reporting

InformationWeek, January 16, 2013

AZ governor opts to expand Medicaid, January 15, 2013

Opinion: Shining a light on Medicare payments

The Washington Post, January 15, 2013

WakeMed clarifies statements on Medicare fraud settlement

The News & Observer, January 15, 2013

21 states take aim at MA hospitals' Medicare windfall

The Boston Globe, January 14, 2013

NY ties docs' income to quality of care

The New York Times, January 14, 2013

US could save $2T on health costs

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, January 11, 2013

Medicare doesn't think its own cost controls will work

The Washington Post, January 11, 2013

Tufts Health Plan CEO may get federal post

The Boston Globe, January 11, 2013

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Date: March 19, 2013, 12:00-3:00 p.m. ET

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From HealthLeaders Magazine

20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2012

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make healthcare better. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>


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