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The Case Against (and for) Donald Berwick
Margaret Dick, for HealthLeaders Media

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' acting administrator Donald Berwick, MD, is widely regarded as the perfect pick to lead the agency. While he has the support of president Obama and major medical industry groups, opposition to Berwick's appointment is growing louder.[Read More]
  March 16, 2011

 
Editor's Picks
Medicare Fraud Settlements Up 56% in FY 2010
The federal crackdown on Medicare fraud is paying for itself many times over with record-high recoveries of ill-gotten tax dollars, the Obama administration says. [Read More]
Preventive Services Lacking in Older Adult Populations, HHS Says
Critical gaps exist between older Americans—particularly among minorities—who receive potentially lifesaving preventive services and those who do not, according to a federal report. [Read More]
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Webcast: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services
Given the growing trend toward all-inclusive cancer centers, do you know how to differentiate your own oncology services to protect and grow your market share? Your oncology care is distinct. Its marketing should be, too. Join HealthLeaders Media on March 31 for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and a case study, for valuable lessons from marketing leaders. [Read More]
Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform
Forward-thinking orthopedic leaders are ensuring high performance and coordination among a carefully constructed caregiver team. Those leaders are also exploring the right metrics to know whether the outcomes they are tracking are the most meaningful to patients. Join the executive and clinical leadership team from nationally renowned MemorialCare Health System and orthopedic innovator Marshall Steele, MD, on March 169 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy. [Read More]
Healthcare Leaders Reveal Uncertainties About Industry Direction
Dedication to mission is strong and getting stronger, but just how to accomplish that mission is less certain, according to the just-released results of the 2011 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey. [Read More]

Health Plan Forum
Don't Fear the Future of Healthcare – It's Working
Shrinking budgets, rising costs, an inadequate supply of clinicians, and swirling changes brought about by health reform are all legitimates causes for concern. But as care delivery becomes more complex, there is an opportunity to take another major step forward. [Read More]


Managed Care Headlines
Immune to cuts: Lofty salaries at hospitals
The New York Times, March 16, 2011

Dems to GOP: Show us your health insurance
NPR, March 16, 2011

10 Healthcare Reform Market Changes Affecting Physicians
HealthLeaders Media, March 16, 2011

Tricare target of cuts as costs projected to reach $65B
The Washington Post, March 15, 2011

OIG Cries Foul on CMS Sexual Dysfunction Drug Reimbursements
HealthLeaders Media, March 15, 2011


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Webcasts/Rounds

March 29: Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform

March 31: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services

On demand: Cardiac Care Leadership for Improved Alignment and Outcomes

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