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3 HHS Programs Aim to Reduce States’ Dual Eligible Costs

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

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius has announced three efforts she says will help states lower their share of costs for approximately nine million people who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits.

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GAO Finds Gaps in Antibiotic Resistance Surveillance by CDC

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

Though healthcare providers are increasingly fearful of emerging strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria infections in patients, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has gaps in how it monitors those infections, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office.

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15 HCAHPs Buzzwords Every Provider Should Know

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

The value-based purchasing sweepstakes race is on. It's a national contest to see which acute care teams can score highest in patient experience metrics as evaluated by the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. Knowing the lingo is essential.

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Disney Applies Technology to Improve Patient Experience

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, July 11, 2011

At the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center in Burbank, CA, radio frequency identification technology isn't just for tracking hospital supplies and equipment; it's being used to improve the patient experience.

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Think You're Operating at Capacity? Think Again

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, July 8, 2011

The CEO of a Houston hospital with a high case mix index finds that with cooperation from physicians, support from IT, and some extensive process re-engineering, efficiencies can be found and costs can be saved.

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Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era

By: June 14, 2011

Date: July 20, 2011
About: Integration will be the key to success in the accountable care era, whether your organization develops an official ACO or not. Organizations must develop strong relationships with employed and affiliated physicians. Join us to get alignment strategies to thrive in an increasingly integrated industry.

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Webcast: Creating an ACO Marketing Language

By: June 21, 2011

Date: July 27, 2011
About: As a marketer, you need to learn the new paradigm of managing population health vs. growing patient volume in a traditional environment. Advance your understanding of how to align ACO marketing with business needs, as well as market accountability to providers, and ultimately your community. LINK:

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