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Individual Mandate More Like Suggested Donation

Philip Betbeze

The IRS has already said it will not enforce penalties for not obtaining health  insurance, but according to an exception-filled set of rules proposed by the White House, there's wouldn't be much to enforce even if the agency were willing. >>>


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White House Proposes Individual Mandate Rules

Under the proposed rules, large portions of the population would be exempt from paying penalties for not carrying health insurance coverage by 2014. >>>

CEOs Get a Medicare Compliance Checklist

Hospital and health system senior leaders can ensure their organizations' compliance programs are functioning as intended by following six guidelines. >>>

As PPACA Deadlines Near, States Dawdle

Only 11 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws or issued regulations to implement the health insurance market reforms mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The deadline is just 11 months away. >>>

Dual CMOs a First; Expect More Hospitals to Follow

Children's National Medical Center believes it is the first pediatric hospital, if not one of the first hospitals in the nation, to employ joint CMOs. The two will deal with what the hospital calls the "complexity of the evolving healthcare landscape" and population health management. >>>

How to Stop Unhappy Nurses From Leaving

The key to improving nurse recruitment and retention appears to lie in extending nurses' access to advanced degrees and specialty certifications, a study suggests. >>>

4 in 10 Hospitalists Report Unsafe Patient Workloads

Hospitalists responding to a survey say that time constraints have "likely contributed to patient transfers, morbidity, or even mortality." But one critic suggests their complaints may be attributed to "some conditions they bring on themselves." >>>

Patient Satisfaction, HCAHPS Scores Bolstered by 'Sacred Moment'

In the months since one hospital implemented a program that encourages a caring bond to be formed between a physician and a patient, its patient satisfaction scores have risen 33%. >>>

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Recruiting and Retaining Physicians for the Post-Reform Era

Date: March 22, 2013, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

Metro Health System and National Association of Physician Recruiters share benchmark data and best practices to create the "right fit" for your organization when it comes to physician recruiting in the post-reform era.

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News Headlines

Tick, tock: Administration misses some health law deadlines

Kaiser Health News, February 1, 2013

Hospital chain defies NLRB rulings after court decision

Reuters, February 1, 2013

How to cut $9.4T from Medicare, in 150 easy steps

The Washington Post, January 31, 2013

Mayo Clinic seeking state help for $5B expansion

Minnesota Public Radio, January 31, 2013

NY's Bellevue Hospital back, but changed

Kaiser Health News / WNYC, January 31, 2013

Specialty groups back IPAB repeal

The Hill, January 30, 2013

Aetna, Texas Health Resources establish ACO

The Dallas Morning News, January 30, 2013

Ambulatory surgery centers catching up to hospitals

Dallas Business Journal, January 30, 2013

Opinion: Congress can't cut Medicare hospital outpatient payments

US News & World Report, January 29, 2013

Think preventive medicine will save money? Think again

Reuters, January 29, 2013

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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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