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A Prostate Cancer Campaign with a Twist

Marianne Aiello

A North Carolina health system creates an attention-grabbing campaign geared not toward the patient, but toward traditional healthcare decision makers—women. >>>


Editor's Picks

Release of Medicare Physician Payment Data Imminent

With the blessing of a federal judge, CMS is planning to release Medicare data on physicians, including types of services, average submitted charges, and standard deviation in submitted charges. >>>

Get Ready for Medicare's 5-Star Hospital Ratings

CMS intends to implement a five-star rating system on all of its web sites that display comparative quality information for providers. Stars are nice, but precision, in the form of detailed quality data, must remain public for quality to improve. >>>

CMS Forecasts Medicare Advantage Pay Rate Increase

Federal officials unexpectedly announced a projected 0.4%  increase in the 2015 payment rate for Medicare Advantage health plans. A cut had been proposed in February. >>>

OpenNotes Expands Regional EHR Adoption

Kaiser Permanente Northwest is one of several healthcare providers participating in an effort to roll out open access to clinician notes as a standard of care throughout the Pacific Northwest. >>>

CMS Silence on ICD-10 Holds Healthcare Hostage

CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner firmly vowed only weeks ago that there would be no ICD-10 delay. Now that an undefined delay has been announced, she remains silent on ICD-10's next steps. >>>

State Battles over Medicaid Expansion Heating Up

With half of states embracing federally financed Medicaid expansion and the other half slow to follow suit, hospitals are key players in one of the hottest healthcare policy clashes in the country. >>>

Who Wants an Empty Hospital?

If you don't, you should. A nearly empty hospital indicates you've achieved functional integration such that your continued existence doesn't depend on the hospital at all. It depends instead on how well you take care of people to make sure they seldom, if ever, end up there. >>>

LIVE Webcast

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

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

News Headlines

Sliver of Medicare doctors get big share of payouts

The New York Times, April 9, 2014

US insurers still expect cuts in 2015 Medicare payments

Reuters, April 9, 2014

An insurer bets on primary care doctors to lower costs

Bloomberg Businessweek, April 9, 2014

US uninsured drops to 6-year low

Reuters, April 8, 2014

Doctor appointment availability varies by insurance type

Reuters, April 8, 2014

Medicaid enrollments bring Obamacare enrollment to more than 10 million

Newsweek / Reuters, April 7, 2014

7M enrolled doesn't guarantee health law's success / Associated Press, April 7, 2014

Health insurance isn't a year-round thing anymore

PBS NewsHour / Associated Press, April 7, 2014

How tech giants botched Obamacare

Bloomberg Businessweek, April 4, 2014

Final Obamacare enrollment deadline to hit April 15

The Hill, April 4, 2014

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Webcast: Marketing-Physician Alignment—Balancing Priorities for Volume & Value

Date: May 22, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET As the industry shifts from volume to value, healthcare marketing's function expands from patient acquisition to strategic support and population health management. Join marketing leaders as they outline proven strategies for fostering growth and engagement to achieve both volume and value targets. Register Today >>>

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Shifting Patient Patterns

Change is coming, but leaders have various outlooks for and responses to the new patient dynamics. >>>


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