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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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CMS Releases Value-Based Purchasing Incentive Plan

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 11, 2011

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a long-awaited proposal on so-called value-based purchasing incentives, which will begin rewarding hospitals for meeting standards of quality care in fiscal year 2013.

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Salary Hikes for Healthcare Workers Expected to Lag Other Industries

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 11, 2011

 Healthcare workers can expect an average base salary increase of 2.6% in 2011. That's slightly below increases of 2.8% projected across all industries for 2011, according to a Hay Group survey.

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CDS Reduces Rate of Imaging Test Orders by 25% in Study

By: HealthLeaders Media Staff, January 10, 2011

Clinical decision support systems may save money by reducing the number of inappropriate medical imaging, including computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, researchers at Virginia Mason Medical Center find.

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Medicare Pays Non-Radiologists More than Radiologists for MRI, CT

By: HealthLeaders Media Staff, January 11, 2011

Medicare payments for non-invasive diagnostic imaging scans are higher to non-radiologists than to radiologists, according to a study in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

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For Better Labor Relations, Try Employee Engagement

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 10, 2011

Many management consultants on labor issues — while obviously not enamored of unions — also understand that hard-headed, heel-digging opposition and denial on the part of management are not good strategies for keeping unions at bay. Employee engagement is far more effective.

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How MLR Can Hurt or Help Contract Negotiations

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, January 10, 2011

Payers are about to begin feeling the pain of medical loss ratio regulations. Insurers have to make up their loss in funds somehow, and that’s the question: How? Because when payers’ profits diminish, providers can expect to feel it too.

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Webcast: Proven Strategies to Market Women's Services

By: December 16, 2010

Women are a vital audience to reach—is your marketing cutting it? As the primary healthcare decision-makers and the key to unlocking additional service audiences, you need up-to-date, effective marketing strategies to win women’s loyalty—thus, business—and expand your market share. Join HealthLeaders Media on January 31, at 1 p.m. (EST) for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, and learn from women’s health marketing experts.

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Audio conference: Under IRS Scrutiny: Ensuring Compliant Hospital-Physician Compensation Plans

By: January 10, 2011

As hospitals and physician practices continue merging for survival, hospital-physician integration is of growing interest to the IRS and is increasingly subject to scrutiny from regulators. Additionally, the new Form 990 disclosure requirements related to highly paid officers or employees have created an easily accessible public format for viewing executive compensation. Join HealthLeaders Media on February 16, 1 p.m. (EST), for this 60-minute audio conference, including Q&A, to get the analysis and strategies you need for current tax law requirements.

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