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Q&A: Grady Memorial Hospital's New CEO, John Haupert
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

Hours after his board confirmation as Grady Memorial's next CEO, John Haupert spoke with HealthLeaders about the challenges of heading a hospital that less than three years ago was mired deeply in debt and political strife.
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  August 12, 2011

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Doctors Sue HHS, CMS Over 'Secretive' Payment Committee
Six primary care physicians from Georgia have filed a lawsuit against the federal government, claiming that a committee of volunteer physician-advisors that recommends reimbursement rates for Medicare procedures and services is secretive and skewed toward medical specialists. The points of law are indeed arcane. The suit's supporters complain that for nearly 20 years the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have relied on the "specialist-dominated" Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) for reimbursement advice. The 74-page suit, filed this week in U.S. District Court in Maryland, claims that the RUC violates the Federal Advisory Committee Act's requirements for representation, transparency, and methodological rigor. [Read More]
APRNs Provide Care Equal to Doctors, Review Concludes
Advanced practice nurses can provide care with patient outcomes that are at least as good as, and in some cases better than, care provided by physicians, according to a literature review by Johns Hopkins researchers. "The results indicate APRNs provide effective and high-quality patient care, and have an important role in improving the quality of patient care in the United States," wrote Julie Stanik-Hutt, associate professor of nursing at Johns Hopkins, and colleagues. That recognition "could help address concerns about whether care provided by APRNs can safely augment the physician supply to support reform efforts aimed at expanding access to care." [Read More]
Back to McAllen, TX, this time to look at private insurance spending
We already know that healthcare spending and use can vary wildly depending on where a person lives. But most of that evidence comes from Medicare data, notably reports by the Dartmouth Atlas Project. Those analyses don't say anything about spending patterns for people covered by commercial insurance. A report from Thomson Reuters tackles that issue. [Read More]
*NEW* Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement
Date: September 22, 2011
What: More than just a buzzword, patient experience has become the quintessential objective in our healthcare climate. Fortunately, the thriving world of social media offers proven pathways to not only create patient engagement, but actually build community around your organization. Learn how Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital consistently scores above the 90th percentile in patient satisfaction using social media tools and metrics.
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*NEW* Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates
Date: September 16, 2011
What: With 20% of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries discharged from a hospital readmitted within 30 days, Baylor Heart and Vascular Center in Dallas, which boasts one of the lowest readmission rates nationwide (17.3%), and Our Lady of Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, which cut its readmission rate from the nation's second-highest (32.4%) to 15%, share strategies to help you reduce your readmission rates.
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This Week's Headlines
Partners to acquire MA nonprofit insurer
The Boston Globe, August 11, 2011
5 Reasons Nurses Want to Leave Your Hospital
Rebecca Hendren for HealthLeaders Media, August 9, 2011
Executive pay, bonuses spark concern at Cleveland's MetroHealth System
The Plain Dealer, August 10, 2011
PDH: Understaffing a Possible Factor in Deaths at CRMC
John Commins for HealthLeaders Media, August 10, 2011
PGP project pays millions in incentives, saves Medicare millions
Government Health IT, August 10, 2011
Growth in Antidepressant Prescriptions a $10B Paradox
Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 10, 2011
KY gov. wants University Hospital to keep public mission
Louisville Courier-Journal, August 11, 2011
Jackson Health gets through July
Miami Herald, August 11, 2011
Saint Thomas Health (TN) launches MissionPoint Health ACO
The Tennessean, August 11, 2011

August 16: The Real Value of ACOs

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September 16: Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates

September 22: Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement


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