To be or not to be … an ACO, that is. To help our readers decide whether to become a Medicare-certified accountable care organization, we've created a special ACO section on our website, ModernHealthcare.com. There you'll find the latest ACO news, news analysis, opinions, guest commentary, video interviews, webcasts and more. Particularly useful is the ACO Resources section where readers are a click away from all government regulations and guidance and all major industry reports that provide unvarnished details of how to become an ACO and what might happen to you if you do. The public comment period on the government's proposed ACO regulations ends June 6, so you might want to visit modernhealthcare.com/ACOs to help you decide what to say.
Section on website keeps you informed; magazine staff lauded for excellence
Separately, Modern Healthcare is creating the industry's first database on ACOs and ACO-like organizations. To help us in this important endeavor, we encourage you to take our 15-question ACO survey, also available on our website in the Submit and Nominate section. The survey deadline is June 1, and we'll publish the results in our July 11 issue. Our goal is to repeat the survey annually and create a dynamic and searchable database of providers coming together to assume the financial risk of providing high-quality care to a specific patient population.
Speaking of high quality, we're pleased to announce that Modern Healthcare's editorial staff has received yet another round of honors for journalistic excellence. This month Modern Healthcare received four Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism from the Chicago Headline Club, which is the Chicago chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The entire editorial staff won Best Deadline Reporting for its coverage of the passage of healthcare reform; reporter-turned-news editor Gregg Blesch won Best Feature Writing for his May 24, 2010 cover story, “Putting hospitals on notice,” which detailed attempts to regulate hospital disposal of unused pharmaceuticals; reporter Rebecca Vesely won Best Business Reporting for her May 10, 2010 cover story, “For good behavior,” which described how behavioral economics were being used in the healthcare reform law to control healthcare spending; and Managing Editor Neil McLaughlin won Best Commentary or Editorials for his series of editorials on healthcare reform, most notably “100 years in the making,” a March 29, 2010 piece that noted the efforts to reform the U.S. healthcare system go back decades.
Finally, please join me in a separate round of applause for McLaughlin, whose “100 years in the making” editorial earned him one of the most prestigious awards in journalism: the Sigma Delta Chi Award handed out by the Society of Professional Journalists. This is a national award recognizing the best in our profession.
McLaughlin's editorials help keep Modern Healthcare on the lips of healthcare executives across the country and stir debate among industry leaders. This award confirms the important role he and Modern Healthcare play in the conversation about how to improve the healthcare delivery system. We don't do what we do to win awards, but we certainly do appreciate the recognition from our peers for serving our readers better than any other publication in the healthcare field. Thank you.
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