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Joint Commission 'Best' List Draws Skepticism from C-Suite
Cheryl Clark, Senior Editor
Some health system officials whose hospitals made the Joint Commission's list of top hospitals say they're questioning the list's worth, in part because they aren't totally on board with the commission's process measures, and in part because they share the list with hospitals not known for high quality performance in their respective communities. [Read More]
 
 
September 22, 2011
 
     
 
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MedPAC Releases SGR Repeal Proposal
Congress should repeal the controversial Sustainable Growth Rate, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission says in a draft proposal. To offset an estimated $300 billion in losses, primary care physicians' pay would be frozen for 10 years and payments to about 30 other healthcare services and professions would be trimmed. [Read More]

Joint Commission Top Hospitals List Shuns Academic Medical Centers
In what Joint Commission president Mark Chassin is calling "a wake-up call to larger hospitals," facilities with some of the most prominent national reputations are absent from the list of the 405 best in the nation. Meanwhile, a disproportionate number of smaller hospitals are represented, in "recognition that small, rural, and community hospitals can do an excellent job." [Read More]

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Women's Health Services Hold 'Significant' Potential in ACOs
Whether launching perinatal care programs or trying to harness electronic medical records, health systems must tap into innovative programs to realize the potential for growth in women's health service lines, particularly in an accountable care organization environment, experts say. [Read More]

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UPMC sued over botched kidney transplant
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Getting lab results directly to patients
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