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Better Care is the Key to Super-Utilizer Costs

René Letourneau

Super-utilizer patients, also known as frequent fliers, create exorbitant costs for hospitals and health systems yet receive care inadequate to their needs. The failure is in project management rather than clinical delivery, says one physician leader. >>>


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SGIM Calls for End to Fee-For-Service

Fee-for-service medicine is a financially unsustainable payment model that should be phased out by the end of the decade, a study commissioned by the Society for General Internal Medicine recommends. >>>

Inside an ACO-Like Partnership

Independence Blue Cross and Abington Health have partnered under an accountable care payment model which pays physicians and hospitals "substantial sums" above the standard reimbursement rate when they meet quality and medical cost targets. >>>

Free Marketeer's Healthcare Scheme Would be Chaos

After watching a hospital botch his late father's care, David Goldhill says he's figured out what's wrong with our healthcare system. Now he proposes eliminating all private health plans and Medicare. >>>

Nonprofit Hospitals Urged to Diversify Endowments

Healthcare organizations would be better off with more diversified and liquid portfolios and rating agencies should accommodate them by being more flexible in their liquidity requirements, says a Commonfund Institute report. >>>

30-Day Readmission Rates Fell in 2012

The 30-day all-cause readmission rate dropped to 17.8% in the final quarter of 2012, an early sign that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in the form of payment and delivery reforms, is having an impact, says a CMS official. >>>

Healthcare's Grim Winter Feels Endless

Healthcare organizations are seeking safety in numbers as a long winter of declining revenues continues. Additional Medicare cuts associated with the sequester don't bode well for an early thaw. >>>

Truven Top 100 Hospital Scores Measure 'Leadership Impact'

All hospitals on Truven's annual scorecard had to meet performance thresholds in several categories, including adjusted operating margin. "We're measuring the impact of leadership in driving improvement forward," the company says. >>>

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News Headlines

Obama asks health plans to report rising rates

The New York Times, March 4, 2013

Average ER visit costs more than an average month's rent

The Washington Post, March 4, 2013

Opinion: Shocked, shocked, over hospital bills

The New York Times, March 4, 2013

OH goal: Show costs at hospitals

The Columbus Dispatch, March 4, 2013

Regulators assert new power to seize assets of fraudulent healthcare pools

The Hill, March 1, 2013

AHRQ: ED costs hard to predict with $4 to $24,000 swings

Bloomberg, February 28, 2013

Why do we want prices in healthcare?

The Daily Beast, February 28, 2013

Tenet Healthcare misses on fourth-quarter earnings

St. Louis Post-Dispatch / Bloomberg News, February 27, 2013

Flood-damaged hospital won't get another $20M

Courthouse News Service, February 27, 2013

The rest of the story on MA cost control

Health Affairs, February 26, 2013

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Tablets and the Influence of Connective Technology

Demand for devices such as the iPad and smartphone comes from clinicians and is having a powerful impact on healthcare delivery as the next wave of technology surges, but don't shut down your PCs just yet. >>>


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