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January 7, 2013


Top Stories
By Melanie Evans and Maureen McKinney | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A Modern Healthcare analysis of Medicare's first stabs at rewarding hospitals that do well on process-of-care measures and a patient-satisfaction survey while penalizing hospitals with high readmission rates shows only a minor correlation between the two.
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By Melanie Evans | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Healthcare exits a year in which reform survived major challenges and enters the final year before millions are expected to gain health insurance. See what to expect in 2013.
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By Merrill Goozner | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
An analysis by Modern Healthcare would seem to bear out the contention that something is amiss with value-based purchasing, at least as it is currently structured.
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Late News
By Rich Daly and Jessica Zigmond | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The 113th Congress was sworn in on Jan. 3, and the committees with the most influence over healthcare policy will have relatively few new faces.
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By Rich Daly | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
With eight new plans approved, 17 states in all have received a tentative nod from the CMS to operate their own health insurance exchanges while two more will offer the insurance marketplaces with federal help. HHS provided conditional approval for seven more states—California, Hawaii, Idaho,...
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Regional News
By Beth Kutscher | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
NYU Langone Medical Center, the badly battered 806-bed facility that was shuttered by superstorm Sandy, resumed many of its operations Dec. 27, but its emergency room will remain closed and will continue routing patients to other facilities.
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By Andis Robeznieks | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
North Dakota's oil boom is leading to a corresponding healthcare building boom.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
BERLIN, Vt.—Vermont plans to break ground this week on a 25-bed psychiatric hospital in Berlin that will serve as a replacement for a state psychiatric hospital that was closed after sustaining damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. The state has fast-tracked plans to build the...
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
MOBILE, Ala.—Mobile Infirmary Medical Center quickly resumed normal operations following a Christmas Day tornado that caused external damage and temporarily knocked out power. The 493-bed facility, the largest in the southern part of the state, relied on its backup generator in the...
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By Joe Carlson | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
St. Luke's Health System in Idaho quickly completed its contentious acquisition of the state's largest physician practice after a judge declined to block the move pending the outcome of a competitor's legal challenge.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
LOS ALTOS HILLS, Calif.—Ascension Health made a move into California with an affiliation agreement with six-hospital Daughters of Charity Health System, Los Altos Hills. The deal gives Ascension, St. Louis, its first presence in the Golden State. Terms of the agreement between the two...
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Cover Story
By Melanie Evans and Maureen McKinney | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A Modern Healthcare analysis of Medicare's first stabs at rewarding hospitals that do well on process-of-care measures and a patient-satisfaction survey while penalizing hospitals with high readmission rates shows only a minor correlation between the two.
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Features
By Rich Daly | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
As patient-satisfaction measures have gained their first real teeth in Medicare, new questions are emerging about whether such tools carry unintended consequences.
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Special Report
By Melanie Evans | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Healthcare exits a year in which reform survived major challenges and enters the final year before millions are expected to gain health insurance. See what to expect in 2013.
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By Andis Robeznieks | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Although the economy may be slowly recovering and uncertainty over healthcare reform is lifting, healthcare construction is lagging behind as organizations assess what they need to do and can do next in an industry that is changing before their eyes.
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By Melanie Evans | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Hospitals enter the new year with more certainty that health reform initiatives, such as accountable care, will advance, but with the prospect of costly new policies to address the federal debt and deficit issues.
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By Beth Kutscher | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
For investor-owned healthcare providers, the story of 2013 is expected to be similar to the narrative of 2012: consolidation, consolidation, consolidation.
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By Ashok Selvam | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Hospital leaders have spent years in an unsettled environment talking about integrated care, but 2013 could mark a key year when officials follow through on those conversations and make significant headway in improving efficiency through new delivery models.
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By Joseph Conn | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
If 2011 was the year the federal government implemented its programs to promote the use of electronic health-record systems under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and 2012 was the year those plans were executed, 2013 is the year the feds will need to think small.
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By Joe Carlson | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Regulators are focused on high healthcare prices at a time when providers and payers are looking to innovate and expand the various ways that Americans receive their care. That conflict will produce several high-profile court fights—and possibly even some nationally watched decisions—in...
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By Maureen McKinney | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The days are numbered for lofty quality-improvement projects that don't have clearly defined price tags and projected cost savings, according to industry experts.
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By Andis Robeznieks | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
For physicians who view a crisis as an opportunity, 2013 might be a great year. By necessity and statute, changes in payment and practice design are coming, and that could be good, two experts say.
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By Paul Barr | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
While public hospitals can expect another challenging year operationally, Dr. Bruce Siegel, president and CEO of the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, says there might be some good news ahead.
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By Jaimy Lee | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Hospitals remain under pressure to reduce supply costs, which will lead to lower margins for device manufacturers and an increased need for providers to not only reduce costs but also establish new forms of revenue within the supply chain.
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Editorial
By Merrill Goozner | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
An analysis by Modern Healthcare would seem to bear out the contention that something is amiss with value-based purchasing, at least as it is currently structured.
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Letters
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
I believe your editorial arguing against precipitous action on Medicare (“No answers in quick fixes,” Dec. 17, p. 22), such as the proposal to raise the eligibility age from 65 to 67, includes one...
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Outliers
By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
As Lady Gaga brings her Born This Way Ball tour to North America this month, the pop phenom is adding a new twist: promoting mental health awareness to her “little monsters” at preconcert tailgating events.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Outliers assumes your New Year's hangovers are long gone by now. But if you live near Chicago and ever need a quick fix for any other morning-after maladies, a new hydration clinic could offer some relief.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Outliers loves a good parade. And what parade is bigger than the Tournament of Roses? This year's event, held on New Year's Day in Pasadena, Calif., featured several members of the healthcare community celebrating the Dr. Seuss-inspired theme, “Oh, the Places You'll Go.” This...
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