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Marketing Deal Has Patients Asking, 'Who's the Doctor Here?'

Marianne Aiello

An agreement for exclusive hospital marketing privileges between fiercely competitive, neighboring organizations has led to misleading branding. Now patients in Syracuse are suffering the consequences of the deal brokered by a global marketing giant. >>>


Editor's Picks

AOL Chief's Benefits Blunder Also a HIPAA Violation

Announcing a pullback of a major employee benefit was bad. Violating the privacy of two employees was worse. >>>

MU Fraud On The Rise, OIG Warns

Vulnerabilities in electronic health records systems are creating opportunities for fraud among healthcare providers and contractors working to achieve Meaningful Use attestation, says the Office of Inspector General. >>>

Should Your Docs Be Making House Calls?

One DC-based physician says making house calls is the only way he can maintain his solo practice. Demand is heavy and his business is growing. Should hospitals get into this business line, too? >>>

For Small Health Systems, Big Decisions Can Mean Life or Death

Seeking a strategic path for a healthcare organization amid historic levels of disruption can be exhilarating, but small systems and standalone hospitals are essentially betting their institutional lives on the changes they're making. >>>

Moody's Upgrades For-Profit Hospital Outlook to 'Positive'

A reduction in bad debt will come as more people obtain health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Moody's says. An improvement in earnings is expected mainly because 2013 was marred by declining patient volumes and the cuts to Medicare reimbursements under sequestration. >>>

In Retail Medicine, Opportunity for Market Share Growth

As patient volumes shift from inpatient to outpatient settings, some hospitals and health systems are entering the retail medicine space in new ways. >>>

HIX Fate Tied to Payers' Education Initiatives

The deadline to buy insurance for 2014 on the public health insurance exchanges is March 31. Reaching out to the uninsured and convincing them to enroll is a make-or-break effort for the hallmark federal healthcare reform program. >>>

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News Headlines

Online doctor reviews not commonly researched by patients

CBS News / Associated Press, February 19, 2014

Patients caught in price war between Meadowlands Hospital and UnitedHealthCare, February 19, 2014

NM Bill would block hospital collection efforts

Albuquerque Business Journal, February 19, 2014

Republicans open investigations into Obamacare's disaster sites

The Hill, February 18, 2014

Maryland consumers remain stuck in the health exchange

The Baltimore Sun, February 18, 2014

MO lawmakers look to crack down on healthcare navigators

The Kansas City Star, February 18, 2014

More firms buying insurance for data breaches

The Boston Globe, February 17, 2014

White House says it doesn't know how many in Obamacare have paid

The Hill, February 17, 2014

Libraries serve as health insurance info hubs

Kaiser Health News, February 17, 2014

The 10 least expensive health insurance markets in the US

Kaiser Health News / NPR, February 14, 2014

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Webcast: Patient Experience & HCAHPS—Optimizing Touch Points and Training Internal Champions

Date: April 24, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Leaders from CHS and Baird Group share marketing strategies for communicating patient experience imperatives and developing programs to reinforce them. Register Today >>>

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As healthcare leaders continue to pour money into electronic health record systems, many (but not all) find the return on the investment remains elusive. >>>


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