Health System Review – December 20th, 2012

How the $7.7B Baylor, Scott & White Deal Might Affect Healthcare Costs
How the $7.7B Baylor, Scott & White Deal Might Affect Healthcare Costs
HealthLeaders Media – December 19, 2012
The announcement on Friday that Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare intend to merge changes the landscape for healthcare delivery in the service areas around Dallas and Temple, TX, where the systems are based, respectively. Even by Texas standards the two health systems are large by themselves. Combined and renamed as Baylor Scott & White Health, the $7.7 billion behemoth would become the largest nonprofit integrated delivery system in the state and possibly in the southwest, and one of the 20 largest health systems in the nation.

Next Challenge for the Health Law: Getting the Public to Buy In
The New York Times – December 19, 2012
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act appears here to stay, but many of those it is supposed to help still do not understand what the law can do for them, officials have found.

Small Business Looks for Ways to Cope With Health Law
The Wall Street Journal – December 19, 2012
Automation Systems, a parts-assembly factory in the Chicago suburbs, is among the firms trying to looks for ways to deal with the health-care overhaul that could hurt the company’s bottom line.

U.S. Faces Task of Running Dozens of Health Exchanges
Reuters – December 14, 2012
Fourteen U.S. states and the District of Columbia so far have told the federal government they plan to operate healthcare exchanges under President Barack Obama’s reform law, leaving Washington with the daunting task of creating online marketplaces for at least two-thirds of the country.

Medical Homes Reduce Costs for Complex Patients
Becker’s Hospital Review – December 17, 2012
Patient-centered medical homes can reduce the cost of care for patients with complex medical issues, according to a recent study by the HealthPartners Research Foundation.

Hacking-Related Data Breach at N.C. Hospital Affects 6,300
Health Data Management – December 10, 2012
Carolinas Medical Center-Randolph in Charlotte, N.C., has informed about 6,300 patients about a data breach after a provider’s e-mail account was found to have been hacked. The compromised information included Social Security numbers contained in five e-mails, patients’ names, dates of birth, and medical record and account numbers.