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Kaiser Permanente Integration Model Has Pros, Cons (Part 2 of 2)

March 28, 2013

In our last post, we began dissecting Reed Abelson’s in-depth look in The New York Times at the Kaiser Permanente integration model and its failure to lower the cost of healthcare, a fact that Kaiser’s critics focus on. Perhaps it would do the industry well to remember the old saying, “Pioneers take the arrows.” For […]

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Kaiser Permanente Integration Model Has Pros, Cons (Part 1 of 2)

March 28, 2013

We’ve written before about the leadership Kaiser Permanente has shown in pioneering an integrated model of healthcare, one that has become even more relevant under reform. As admired as Kaiser’s innovations are, however, Reed Abelson of The New York Times provides an in-depth look at some of the complexities behind the Kaiser model, including the […]

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Healthcare IT (Part 2 of 2): A Data Overload

March 15, 2013

Yesterday, we looked at the worker-shortage crisis facing healthcare IT departments around the country. Today, we look at the data and integration issues facing those same departments. A compelling piece by Michael Zeis in the January/February 2013 issue of HealthLeaders magazine breaks down these “considerable hurdles” into three categories, each of which are quoted below. […]

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ACO Pioneers Request Delay on Quality Penalties and Rewards

March 12, 2013

When the Obama Administration first began its roll-out of the PPACA, it wanted to test the key tenet of its cost-control goals: the ACO model, under which doctors are paid for quality value not patient volume. As Sarah Kliff notes at The Washington Post’s Wonkblog, 32 healthcare systems, known as the Pioneers, agreed to test-run […]

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Supreme Court Ruling Won’t Impact Future Hospital Mergers

February 21, 2013
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After the Supreme Court ruled this week against Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc.’s attempted $195-million acquisition of Palmyra Park Hospital, accepting the FTC’s anticompetitive challenge against the system, many healthcare executives might be wondering how the Court’s decision will impact future hospital mergers. According to John Commins at HealthLeaders Media, it probably won’t have much […]

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Experts Cite Kaiser Permanente as the Model for Healthcare Reform

February 19, 2013

We here at HCE have had the pleasure of interviewing members of the executive team at Kaiser Permanente before. It is an outstanding organization and very progressive in its goals and aims for healthcare. In an era when everyone is trying to be cutting edge, Kaiser defines cutting edge. This is largely because of its […]

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HIEs Struggle to Catch On (Part 2)

February 18, 2013

On Friday, we looked at how a total of 32 states missed the Feb. 15 deadline to set up their own, state-run health-insurance exchanges (HIEs). Now that the deadline has past, the government must become intricately involved in state healthcare, essentially running the show as they set up exchanges in these 32 states (the only […]

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Individual Mandate Rules Lack Teeth, Will Hurt Hospitals Further

February 5, 2013

Healthcare reform’s individual mandate has left many pundits and politicians foaming and frothing at the mouth with rage. According to Philip Betbeze at HealthLeaders Media, this foaming and frothing may have been a waste of energy, because the set of proposed rules as issued from the IRS and the Department of Health and Human Services […]

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Three Rural Healthcare Challenges in 2013

January 14, 2013

John Commins at HealthLeaders Media delineates three areas in which rural healthcare will be challenged in 2013 and beyond. These areas reflect concerns that rural healthcare executives often express in HCE’s conversations with them. Commins believes the first challenge will be with “rural patient migration.” One study found that Tennessee patients tend to seek out […]

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Examining the Impact of the PPACA

December 7, 2012

This week, Becker’s Hospital Review issued a comprehensive look at how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is going to affect providers in the coming years. Writers Peter Pavarini, JD, partner at Squire Sanders, and Matt Lindsay, vice president of Lancaster Pollard, broke the impact of the law into three categories. First, Pavarini […]

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