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Friday, December 10, 2010

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Congress Passes 'Doc Fix' Bill; Obama Calls for Permanent Fix

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 9, 2010

The U.S. House on Thursday afternoon voted 409-2 to delay by one year the nearly $20 billion in Medicare reimbursements cuts to physicians that were due to take effect Jan. 1. The measure garnered unanimous consent in the Senate Wednesday.

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Mass Medical Society Expresses ACO Reservations

By: Jeff Elliott, for HealthLeaders Media, December 10, 2010

The group is concerned about disparity among  providers that would easily integrate into an accountable care organization and others that lack the appropriate technology or funding to adopt that framework, including a global payment system.

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Tenet Rejects CHS' $7.3B Acquisition Offer

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 10, 2010

Community Health Systems, Inc. has made an offer to acquire Tenet Healthcare Corp. in a deal valued at $7.3 billion that would create the nation's largest private hospital chain. Tenet has rejected the offer, saying it would not be beneficial for shareholders.

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Healthcare Spending Poised for Global Surge

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 10, 2010

Global spending on healthcare will surge by $71 trillion—an increase of more than 50%—by 2020, with the greatest growth coming from emerging markets in Brazil, Russia, India, and China, according to a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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Medical Residents Divided on Work-Hour Changes

By: HealthLeaders Media Staff, December 10, 2010

A recent survey of medical residents, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, finds that newly minted doctors are divided on new work-hour rules—and many tend to view them negatively. At least one advocate of the reforms, however,  questions how well residents understand the changes—or the rationale behind them.

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Peter Pronovost: Slashing Infection Rates

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, December 2, 2010

In our annual HealthLeaders 20, we profile individuals who are changing healthcare for the better. Some are longtime industry fixtures; others would clearly be considered outsiders. Some are revered; others would not win many popularity contests. All of them are playing a crucial role in making the healthcare industry better. This is Peter Pronovost's story.

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Webcast: Tactics to Measure Financial ROI for Marketing Efforts

By: November 30, 2010

Proving marketing ROI is both critical to do, yet often hard to do. In this economic and competitive environment, the stakes are high—you need to show the efficacy of your marketing dollars through a commitment to measuring your efforts beyond brand awareness. Join HealthLeaders Media on December 13 for this 90-minute Webcast and Q&A to get specific how-to's on demonstrable marketing efficacy with case studies from Chester County Hospital and Fairview Health Services.

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Webcast: Service Line Strategies Workshop: Back and Spine Care

By: December 7, 2010

Successful spine and back care service lines require a foundation rooted in market knowledge, organizational commitment, and physician alignment, as well as the fluidity to adapt to ever-changing conditions, including reimbursement changes, technological advances, and a growing patient preference for non-surgical options. Join HealthLeaders Media on December 14 for this 90-minute Webcast and Q&A, and discover ways to position your back/spine service line for success.

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How Lifestyle Management Coaches Can Boost a Physician's Practice

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, December 9, 2010

A lifestyle educator can tackle issues a physician often has little time for: health assessments, weight loss counseling and management, of blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other chronic conditions. One doctor explains how hiring an educator can pay off.

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IHI Forum Reflections: 10 'Aha' Moments

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, December 9, 2010

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement's annual quality forum in Orlando this week drew a record number of attendees. Many went home inspired by panels on quality initiatives that emphasized the patient perspective. Some are already thinking about how to apply what they've learned.

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