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Claims Costs Report Puts Actuaries in Political Hot Seat

Jacqueline Fellows

Reaction to a report from the Society of Actuaries has thrust the group into unfamiliar territory: politics. The report bolsters an insurance industry group's claims that premiums will rise under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. >>>


Editor's Picks

Scores Predict Readmission Likelihood

Researchers say they have developed a formula that can identify roughly one-fourth of a hospital's patient population with the highest likelihood of being readmitted within 30 days. >>>

Mortality Rates at CAHs Ratcheting Higher

Researchers comparing 30-day mortality rates of CAHs and non-CAHs in urban and rural settings find that while rates on several key measures were comparable in 2002, CAHs have fallen behind significantly. >>>

Doctor-Hiring Rush is On

The fervor by physicians to become employed stems from the decline in reimbursements. But if a hospital's financial and clinical goals aren't clearly defined, the employment arrangement can be disjointed from the outset. >>>

Phishing a Real Threat to Healthcare, No Fooling

When the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court falls prey to credit card fraud, you know that anyone, and any organization, is a potential target for email fraud scams and data theft. >>>

Q&A: Lucian Leape Wants Tougher Patient Safety Regs

The man known as the father of the modern patient safety movement is calling for the creation of a special federal regulatory agency to compel safer hospital practices. >>>

RAC Reform Movement Gains Some Traction

The American Hospital Association's recent win over the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in a court fight over Recovery Audit Contractor penalties opens the door for a bigger strategic push to overhaul the RAC system. >>>

Better Blood Use, Better Outcomes

Limiting blood transfusions to cases where it is really needed can reduce patients' adverse events, cut lengths of stay, drop hospital costs by millions of dollars a year, and even prevent mortality. >>>


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Date: April 18, 2013, 12:00-3:00 p.m. ET

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News Headlines

How insurers flipped a Medicare pay cut into a pay raise

The Washington Post, April 3, 2013

Opinion: State Medicaid eligibility and care delayed because of cost

The New England Journal of Medicine, April 3, 2013

Insurers await final 2014 Medicare Advantage rates

Bloomberg Businessweek, April 2, 2013

MD's tough hospital spending proposal seen as 'nationally significant'

Kaiser Health News / The Washington Post, April 2, 2013

Analysis: Healthcare, tax cuts issues colliding / Associated Press, April 1, 2013

Opinion: The Starbucks syndrome in healthcare

Los Angeles Times, April 1, 2013

Hospitals question Medicare rules on readmissions

HealthLeaders Media, April 1, 2013

Health reform's changes stir worries as they take shape in MD

The Baltimore Sun, April 1, 2013

Federal healthcare law could boost some California premiums by 30%

Los Angeles Times, March 29, 2013

The secret Republican plan to repeal Obamacare

The Atlantic, March 29, 2013

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HealthLeaders Media Live From Dean Clinic: Primary Care Redesign

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