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4 Ways to Engage with Patients, Nutritionally

Marianne Aiello

Farmers markets are a great way to promote healthful nutrition and have a positive effect on population health. But there's a lot more to it than simply offering fresh fruits and veggies and pasting your logo on a few signs. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Sharing Analytics Improves Outcomes, Revenue

The secret to successfully using business intelligence in a healthcare enterprise is to not only distribute the data to top leadership, but to all those in the organization with a need to know. >>>

Medicare Pay Cuts for Poor Readmission Scores Begin

Two provisions of the healthcare reform law will affect the way hospitals receive payment for care provided to Medicare patients. For some struggling hospitals, the change represents a significant financial chunk. >>>

HIEs Essential in Fee-for-Value Era

Though preliminary results indicate health information exchanges can help healthcare organizations save money, there's still reluctance by some to share data. To realize the cost benefits, healthcare leaders must make a clinical and financial leap of faith and work with their competitors. >>>

Medical Schools, Students See Gaps in Policy Education

While most medical students feel obligated to put the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into practice, they don't understand much about it, a study shows. Does spending time scrutinizing the details of healthcare policies serve medical students well? >>>

DRG 312 Reviews Put Providers 'In a Squeeze'

Under diagnosis-related group 312, providers in Ohio and Kentucky could potentially have their records requested by Medicare recovery audit contractors for a complex medical review. The CIGNA Government Services error rate for DRG 312 is 80 percent. >>>

Health Insurers Betting on Urgent Care Centers

As insurers seek ways to control the price point at the entry level of the healthcare system, health plans such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Pittsburgh are turning to developing urgent care center networks. >>>

1 in 3 Providers Avoid Flu Shots as Stakes Rise

Federal pay-for-reporting rules will require hospitals to submit influenza vaccination rates next year. The goal is to immunize 90% healthcare workers, but many hospitals and health systems are in danger of falling short. >>>



LIVE Webcast

Webcast: Reboot for ICD-10—Lessons from UnitedHealth Group

Date: Oct. 22, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET With the implementation deadline confirmed, the transition to ICD-10 shifts into high gear. Now providers and payers must prepare quickly. Learn from UnitedHealth Group and other coding experts how to assess your organization's existing structure, create a transition process, and move toward compliance while meeting risk and cost constraints. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

Experts disagree on 'best hospitals' rankings

USA Today, October 1, 2012

Hospital PAC spends nearly $1M on political ads

The Center For Public Integrity, October 2, 2012

Chattanooga hospitals pouring millions into renovations, technology and expansions

Chattanooga Times Free Press, October 3, 2012

MA doctor shortage a problem at community hospitals

The Eagle Tribune, October 3, 2012

Anthem Blue Cross settles with CA over data breach

Sacramento Business Journal, October 3, 2012

Patients like reading their doctors' notes

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, October 2, 2012

Rochester hospitals embrace quiet initiatives

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, October 2, 2012

Hospital operator Tenet plans stock split, buyback

Bloomberg Businessweek News, October 2, 2012

The fall and rise of the Vermont Cancer Center

Burlington Free Press, October 2, 2012

West Penn Allegheny, Highmark deal unraveled gradually

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 1, 2012



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Rounds: Kaiser Permanente's Model for Total Health

Date: Oct. 16, 2012, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (ET) Kaiser Permanente leaders explore how they successfully leverage information technology, social media, and community-based health programs to empower people to improve their own health. Get real-world solutions, including how to use web tools and social media to create effective linkages between physicians and members. Register Today  Download Free Case Study >>>




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