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Research shows ACOs extending their reach
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Accountable care organizations are changing the landscape of U.S. healthcare, according to a newly released report from consulting firm Oliver Wyman. "What we found is that when an ACO shows up in a market, it changes the way other providers in the market think about their ACO strategy," said Richard Weil, co-author of the report. "In a competitive market, when an ACO shows up, other competitors feel like they need to become ACOs as well." More

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AAHAM webinar: 'Everyone Communicates, Few Connect; What the Most Effective People Do Differently'
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Topic: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect; What The Most Effective People Do Differently

When: Jan. 16, 2013, 1:30-3 p.m. EST

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Program Focus: This beginner level session will discuss the ability to connect with others is a major determining factor in reaching your full potential. It's no secret, connecting is a skill you can learn and apply in your personal, professional and family relationships, and you can start now!

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2020 vision on payment reform
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The executive director of Catalyst for Payment Reform, a group of large employers, wants 20 percent of payments to hospitals and physicians to be value-oriented by 2020. More

Creating an environment that engages employees
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With the recent attention to patient satisfaction scores and HCAHPS survey results, we have learned a lot about ways in which the healthcare environment can influence patient experience. We also know through research by the Gallup organization, Press Ganey, and others that satisfied employees are engaged, and that engaged employees deliver care resulting in higher patient satisfaction. It makes sense, right? More

Proactive strategies for hospitals facing steep reimbursement cuts
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Hospitals and healthcare systems across the country will soon be facing large cuts in Medicare if the U.S. Congress cannot reach an agreement on an alternative deficit reduction plan in order to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, therefore it's a good idea for these organizations to start being proactive. More

Leadership is central to healthcare system reform
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The recent report from the Institute of Medicine, "Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America," is a powerful wake-up call to the nation. As the IOM report attests, "American healthcare is falling short on basic dimensions of quality, outcomes, costs and equity." Incremental changes are simply insufficient to attain our goal of delivering higher quality care at a reasonable cost to all Americans. Undertaking the scale and complexity of necessary changes demands leaders who are able to recognize flaws, articulate a vision for the future, lay out a path for getting there, inspire change and hold the overall organization responsible. Technology can only facilitate but does not drive large scale change. Leaders are the essential agents for converting these challenges into opportunities. More

Value-based purchasing is good news for physicians
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There's a lot of chatter these days about how unprepared we are to meet the challenges of CAHPS survey scores and other patient experience assessment tools as factors in the pay-for-performance reimbursement model. Hospitals and physician groups are scuttling to bring our "patient experience skills" up to par — and designing processes to assess how we are doing and who is doing well. More

Geographic payment adjustments: Medicare's disputed borders
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Physicians practicing in all parts of the country long have agreed that Medicare payments have been too low for too long, but a growing chorus of health policy officials say these doctors' rates also are inaccurate when compared with one another. More

New proposed rule implements payer provisions to support exchanges
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a proposed rule that would implement multiple changes in how health insurers operate under the Affordable Care Act. The rule, available here and being published on Dec. 7, is one of the major components supporting the state health insurance exchanges that are expected to be operational by October 2013, although that date may be delayed. More

Secure patient data during consolidation
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When a hospital integrates with another hospital through an affiliation, merger or acquisition, information technology systems must integrate as well. According to Darek Dabbs, vice president of information security at Sera-Brynn, a cyber security company, when two or more hospitals combine IT networks, vulnerabilities and threats may be more easily exploited. For this reason, hospitals need to tread carefully during consolidations and implement network segmentation. Network segmentation identifies and isolates critical, core information in the healthcare environment so it may be effectively protected. According to Mr. Dabbs, it is an important step in protecting a hospital's IT environment. More


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