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Health Care in the News

"Hot Spotters" Help Lower Heathcare Costs We are often asked about the impact of healthcare reform on hospitals, businesses and individuals. This week, NPR interviewed surgeon and journalist Atul Gawande following his recent article in New Yorker. This is a fascinating story about controlling health care costs by focusing on the "hot spots" in health care use and spending. We're sharing the interview with you here, courtesy of NPR. We welcome your feedback. If you are having trouble with the audio above, ...
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The Cost of Care

Some health insurance executives claim, and some news media have recently reported, that large provider systems like Sutter Health make health care more expensive by demanding higher-than-average reimbursement from insurers.  To clarify Sutter Health's position and shed more light on Sutter's priorities, we're posting this recent Q&A with Sutter Health's leadership. What is Sutter Health’s perspective on claims that hospitals' demands for higher reimbursement from insurers drive up the cost of health care? Sutter Health believes its reimbursements from insurers are fair, ...
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Health Care Reform Welcomed and Feared

by George Bischalaney President & CEO, Eden Medical Center National health care reform is now apparently right around the corner. After years of discussion, and more recently, weeks of debate in the House of Representatives, legislative action is now in the hands of the Senate. If enacted, it will be the most significant health care legislation in decades. As a provider, it is both welcomed and feared. Welcomed in that it will help bring insurance to millions of people for whom it is ...
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What Works in Health Care

By George Bischalaney, President & CEO Among my mail is an envelope addressed to the CEO and marked "confidential." It is handwritten, obviously not from a business partner or one who hopes to be. Someone has taken the time to write and make sure it gets read by me and not screened or redirected. It has my attention. As I expected, it is a letter from an individual who wants to tell me about the care delivered to a family member. As ...
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Straight Talk with the CEO: Let’s Hope Health Care Reform Doesn’t Sacrifice Quality of Care While Cutting Costs on Coverage

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="158" caption="George Bischalaney, President and CEO, Eden Medical Center"][/caption] By George Bischalaney, President & CEO, Eden Medical Center Health care reform is on the agenda, again. The stakes are high, but our President is determined to make some significant changes. As the discussion moves from general to specifics, special interests are staking out their positions. None of the stakeholders—hospitals included—wants to feel the impact or be at a disadvantage. Amidst the demand for cost reduction and health care coverage ...
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Straight Talk with the CEO: Health Care Reform: More Questions Than Answers…

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="158" caption="George Bischalaney, President and CEO, Eden Medical Center"][/caption]   By George Bischalaney, President & CEO, Eden Medical Center Last week, the Obama Administration kicked off its efforts to address one the President’s stated priorities, health care reform.  What does that mean, and what will be the result? I wish I really knew. According to the President’s advisers—and Obama himself during the campaign—there is a need to extend health care coverage to millions of uninsured people across the country, while reducing ...
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