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December 24, 2012


Top Stories
By Merrill Goozner | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
How sad that it took Newtown, Connecticut's horrific tragedy to finally focus the nation's attention on two pressing public health problems.
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By Jaimy Lee | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Innovative companies are scrambling to come up with technological fixes for the age-old problem of keeping people on their meds, but they face a tough sell with providers.
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By Merrill Goozner | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Historians will no doubt look back on 2012 as a watershed year in the evolution of the U.S. healthcare system.
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Late News
By Jessica Zigmond | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
With no resolution in sight as of Dec. 21, the nation's doctors continued to wait for a reprieve as Congress had yet to address a looming 26.5% Medicare physician payment cut scheduled to kick in Jan. 1.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Hospitals won't see much change to their Medicare payments as a result of bonuses and penalties tied to quality and patient satisfaction that will be awarded for the first time in the new year. Medicare will marginally raise pay for 1,588 hospitals and dock pay for 1,426 others under its new...
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Cover Story
By Merrill Goozner | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Historians will no doubt look back on 2012 as a watershed year in the evolution of the U.S. healthcare system.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The uncertain fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act defines the first half of the year in healthcare as the law rests in the hands of the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Republican primary season begins in earnest with a gradually narrowing field of candidates targeting Obamacare (a term the president would embrace by the end of the year) for some of their harshest attacks on the president and each other.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Officials in many states defy or act warily on key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as they wait for the U.S. Supreme Court and then for voters to deliver a verdict on whether the law will survive.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Big and surprising mergers and acquisitions roll out throughout the year, often crossing boundaries that traditionally divided providers and insurers. The historic realignment of the industry is fueled by the healthcare reform law.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Aggressive efforts to squeeze expenses continue at hospitals and health systems in 2012. A strategy begun in response to the Great Recession, a weak economic recovery and the anticipation of new strains on operations from healthcare reform continues to force hospital executives to slash...
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
In one of the few pieces of significant legislation to win bipartisan support in 2012, Congress reauthorizes the Food and Drug Administration's user-fee acts for the drug and medical device industries and establishes first-time user-fee programs for the biosimilars and generic drug sectors.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Obama administration continues to push forward with its bid to get hospitals and physician practices wired. It encourages them to adopt information technology that can meet the meaningful-use standard, which will qualify them for incentive payments and avoid future Medicare penalties. HHS...
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Devastating events in the second half of 2012 force public officials and providers to reflect on the causes and the healthcare system's ability to respond.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Amid the ongoing drama over the survival and implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, state governors and lawmakers pursue initiatives that redraw the ground rules in healthcare. Most changes are intended to reduce the financial burden of healthcare and improve the quality...
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Each week, the cover of Modern Healthcare acts like a billboard to alert you, and, hopefully, excite you, about what you'll find inside. You'd be surprised how many iterations of each cover there are and how important we take their design and the messages they send. With all of that effort put into...
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Features
By Jaimy Lee | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Innovative companies are scrambling to come up with technological fixes for the age-old problem of keeping people on their meds, but they face a tough sell with providers.
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Editorial
By Merrill Goozner | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
How sad that it took Newtown, Connecticut's horrific tragedy to finally focus the nation's attention on two pressing public health problems.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
“Danbury Hospital received two children and one adult. … When we announced that there would be no more transports and all of the patients who would be coming were already here, there was enormous sadness. Everyone recognized what that meant. We had been told at least 24 had been shot.
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Letters
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
"Recovery Mode” (Dec. 10, p. 6) did a nice job of highlighting the need for hospitals to have a disaster plan in place and to test that plan on a regular basis. We work with healthcare providers and other...
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By the Numbers
By Modern Healthcare
A list of the 20 largest biotechnology companies based on worldwide revenue in 2012. Source: BioPharm Insight and Modern Healthcare reporting. Published Dec. 24, 2012, p. 34.
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Outliers
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
As it does for many people, the December holiday season prompts Outliers to reflect on the past year, rehashing and analyzing what went well and what didn't. Perhaps unlike many people, Outliers' highlights of the past year included
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
What does a smiling unicorn wearing a heart pendant and rearing in front of a rainbow have to do with federal IT contests?
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Forget your healthcare congress, annual national institute or conference and exhibition—Spit Camp is a healthcare gathering that Outliers can really get behind.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
“Earthquake Surgery” would be a good title for Outliers' next (and first) rock album, and—while performing surgeries during earth-shaking tremors is not advised—being able to complete post-quake surgery now appears to be possible.
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