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Mental Health System 'Close to Fracture'
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

Community-based mental health providers are reducing services, and relying more on hospitals to provide psychiatric care. But the nation's healthcare system does not easily accommodate the treatment of mental illness, and leaders are overlooking the impact, says a hospital CEO. [Read More]
  July 7, 2011

 
Editor's Picks
Rising Healthcare Costs May be Impervious to Courts, Regulators
Government demand for better value and quality in healthcare is sparking once unthinkable industry alliances. But don't bet on seeing cost savings as a result. In other industries, consolidation serves as a basis for negotiating healthy price increases as well. [Read More]
CMS Discloses DRG Coding Vulnerabilities for Inpatient Hospitals
In an effort to provide helpful information to providers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a special edition MedLearn Matters article that disseminates diagnosis-related group coding vulnerabilities for inpatient hospitals. [Read More]
Joint Commission Unveils Wrong Site Surgery Prevention Tool
With wrong-site surgeries occurring an estimated 40 times a week in the U.S., the Joint Commission has teamed up with several hospitals to nail down precisely where and how these mistakes keep happening. Now it has a tool that it says can help hospitals discover the flaws in their processes that can lead to irreversible or life-threatening mistakes. [Read More]
Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era
Date: July 20, 2011
About: Integration will be the key to success in the accountable care era, whether your organization develops an official ACO or not. Organizations must develop strong relationships with employed and affiliated physicians. Join us to get alignment strategies to thrive in an increasingly integrated industry.
[Read More]
Webcast: Creating an ACO Marketing Language
Date: July 27, 2011
About: As a marketer, you need to learn the new paradigm of managing population health vs. growing patient volume in a traditional environment. Advance your understanding of how to align ACO marketing with business needs, as well as market accountability to providers, and ultimately your community.
[Read More]
 
Business Rx
Calculating the ROI on Patient Satisfaction Efforts
The HealthLeaders Media 2011 Annual Survey has identified a perceptible disparity in thinking between CEOs and nurse executives. The data collected distinguishes the priorities of the two groups, with the C-suite respondents claiming cost reduction as their most important concern and nurse executives ranking patient satisfaction as first. But are they so different?[Read More]
 
 
Physician News
2 Chicago-Area Catholic Health Systems to Merge
Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, July 6, 2011
UnitedHealth Group False Claims Suit Back on Track
Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, July 6, 2011
Sanford Health, WCH Merger Complete
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 6, 2011
OH Hospitals Launch Non-profit Collaborative
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 5, 2011
OH hospitals redesigning patient care to reduce readmissions
The Plain Dealer, for HealthLeaders Media, July 6, 2011
Las Vegas Doc to Pay $5.7M to Resolve False Claims Allegations
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 5, 2011
State HIE leaders face uphill journey to health data interoperability
SearchHealthIT.com, July 6, 2011
Michigan tries to increase number of organ donors
The Detroit News, July 1, 2011
Heart treatment overused, report says
The Wall Street Journal, July 6, 2011

Webcasts/Rounds

July 20: Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era

July 27: Webcast: Creating an ACO Marketing Language

August 16: Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs

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