Weekly review

Key news from Jan. 7-Jan. 11

January 14, 2013

Missed a day of the Daily Briefing? Here's a quick roundup of top stories and research highlights from last week's issues.

Where each state stands on ACA's Medicaid expansion (Jan. 10)
The Daily Briefing and American Health Line editorial teams round up where each state currently stands on the expansion.

As supplies dwindle, hospitals struggle with influx of flu patients (Jan. 11)
The flu is filling hospital beds in 47 states, causing some facilities to open overflow tents, close EDs, and take other special measures to handle the wave of patients amid concerns about dwindling vaccine and treatment supplies.

As cases spread in 41 states, hospitals fear severe flu season (Jan. 8)
This flu season got an early—and severe—start: CDC officials say 41 states were already reporting "widespread" flu activity by Dec. 29.

The regions that fared best under CMS's hospital VBP program (Jan. 10)
Kaiser Health News last week identified the U.S. regions where hospitals are most—and least—likely to receive bonuses under Medicare's value-based purchasing (VBP) program.

How hospitals avoided three big 'fiscal cliff' cuts (Jan. 7)
Although the "fiscal cliff" deal struck last week includes major cuts for hospitals, leaders and lobbying groups representing the industry convinced lawmakers to drop proposed cuts to outpatient payments, graduate medical education, and "bad debt" payments.

Cleveland Clinic, MedStar Health form a new kind of alliance (Jan. 8)
Cleveland Clinic and MedStar Health on Monday announced a "first-of-its-kind" cardiology alliance that aims to improve patient care by "combining forces" and pooling best practice research from the two health systems.

Medicare adds 106 ACOs to its shared-savings program (Jan. 11)
HHS last week announced the 106 newest ACOs to join its Medicare Shared Savings Program, bringing the total number of Medicare ACOs to 259.

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