Merger and acquisition activity shows no signs of slowing, yet some hospital and health system leaders see independence as a viable strategy. >>>
An announcement from CMS on Meaningful Use implementation deadline changes obscures the fact that the agency fully expects all Stage 2 start dates to remain unchanged. >>>
Citing bipartisan support in Congress, Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, president of the American Medical Association, believes a "doc fix," in the form of a total repeal of the sustainable growth rate funding formula for physicians, is imminent. >>>
Some academic medical centers are being excluded from state health insurance exchanges because their costs are higher than other hospitals'. The resulting squeeze on revenues "raises very real worries about hospitals' ability to carry out their mission," says the New Jersey Hospital Association. >>>
George Halvorson has stepped down as CEO of Kaiser Permanente. But instead of going into retirement mode, he is launching an institute to resolve the roots of intergroup ethnic conflict and improve diversity within the workplace. "What I've been doing in healthcare, and for the past 30 years, has been a warm-up for what I need to do next," he says. >>>
The landscape is changing rapidly for payers. To be successful, insurers must adapt to new reimbursement models and forge new partnerships with providers. >>>
'Tis the season when CMS looks at a long list of proposed quality measures, any one of which might reveal which healthcare providers are delivering care that is very, very good. >>>
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