Pay for Performance in Healthcare Organizations: Time for a Fresh Look at Metrics and Targets

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Written by Russ Wilson, Consultant, and Susan Sulisz, Director, Towers Watson | August 26, 2013   The only constant is change — and nowhere is this more true than in today’s healthcare industry. The impact of healthcare reform cannot be overestimated. And when we consider reform in combination with other market forces (rising medical cost trends,… Read more »

Job Seekers: No, The Interview Thank You Note Is Not Dead

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By Lisa Quast, Forbes.com, August 26, 2013 As she walked out the door of the office building where she had just finished a job interview, “Jane” (name changed) wanted to jump in the air and dance across the street. Her interview had gone so well she was sure they’d offer her the position. Or so… Read more »

The 3 Questions People Always Forget to Ask in an Interview

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Originally posted on LinkedIn, August 15, 2013 by James Caan Getting an interview for that dream job is a perfect chance to sell yourself and you need to make sure that you get everything right. Preparation is vital and it goes without saying that you should turn up for the interview knowing everything there is… Read more »

Study: Single-Payer Health System Feasible, Could Save $1.8 Trillion in 10 Years

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Written by Bob Herman | July 31, 2013 , Becker’s Hospital Review   A new study shows that expanding Medicare to every American citizen would not only achieve universal coverage and trillions in savings, but it’s also feasible to implement based on legislation that has already been proposed. Gerald Friedman, PhD, a professor of economics at… Read more »

Healthcare Reform to Alter Employers’ Health Benefits Plans, Survey Says

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Written by Heather Punke | August 22, 2013 , Becker’s Hospital Review   While 82 percent of employers view subsidized healthcare benefits as an important part of their employee value proposition for next year, many employers plan to make changes to their benefit programs by the beginning of 2016 because of the Patient Protection and Affordable… Read more »

Healthcare’s employment boom may soon flatline

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By Danielle Kurtzleben, U.S. News & World Report   Health Care for years looked like the unsinkable industry. Over the last 20 years, health care employment has stayed on a steady, strong upward trajectory. Now, that steady upward climb is showing signs of flattening out.  The recent July jobs data showed that health care only… Read more »

Stop Paying for Paltry Performance: 5 Tips For Hospital Leaders

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Written by Molly Gamble | August 01, 2013, Becker’s Hospital Review   American healthcare is rapidly moving from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance, a concept often tied to accountable care organizations, CMS’ value-based purchasing program and outcomes-based contracts with payers. Hospitals are usually on the receiving side of these arrangements — they net rewards or face punishments depending… Read more »

CMS to Fine Hospitals $227M for High Readmissions

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Written by Sabrina Rodak | August 05, 2013 , Becker’s Hospital Review   CMS will fine hospitals a total of $227 million for greater-than-expected readmission rates for the second year of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, according to a Kaiser Health News report. The program, which began Oct. 1, 2012, penalizes hospitals for heart attack, heart… Read more »

10 Things Extraordinary Bosses Give Employees

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By Jeff Haden, Inc.com Good bosses have strong organizational skills. Good bosses have solid decision-making skills. Good bosses get important things done. Exceptional bosses do all of the above–and more. Sure, they care about their company and customers, their vendors and suppliers. But most importantly, they care to an exceptional degree about the people who… Read more »

5 Considerations for Hospitals Prepping for the Newly Insured

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Written by Heather Punke | August 05, 2013, Becker’s Hospital Review   The expansion of Medicaid and the healthcare exchanges set up by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are expected to result in millions of newly insured Americans. In fact, Truven Health Analytics estimates that about 14 million Americans will gain insurance from the… Read more »