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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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Repeal of PPACA Would Be 'Devastating,' Sebelius Says

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 11, 2012

Medicare beneficiaries would feel the brunt if the healthcare reform law were to be repealed, says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the matter Wednesday.

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Blue Shield Policy Closures Blocked in CA

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, July 11, 2012

The California Department of Insurance and Blue Shield of California are at odds over the insurer's efforts to close 23 health plans and transfer those members to other products.

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Proposed OPPS Rule Holds Significant Changes

By: Michelle A. Leppert, for HealthLeaders Media, July 10, 2012

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing two major changes as part of the 2013 Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule. One has to do with how it proposes to calculate ambulatory payment classifications and the other with reimbursement levels for separately payable drugs.

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NCQA Preps Specialists for Patient-Centered Medical Homes

By: Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, July 10, 2012

Public comment wraps up this week on a major effort to extend the patient-centered medical home into specialty practices. The Specialty Practice Recognition standard will close the information loop between physicians, and is a key to expanding the PCMH model.

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Time to Focus on Rural Nurse Staffing

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, July 10, 2012

Nurse leaders take heed: When the next staffing shortage comes, rural healthcare organizations will feel the pinch more acutely than their urban counterparts. The time for retention and recruitment is now.

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Webcast: Four Strategies to Transform Patient Experience

By: July 6, 2012

Date: July 26, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
Move the pendulum from providing a good patient experience to an exceptional patient experience. Get proven strategies from industry leaders on how to tailor the message for specific departments, improve patient experience beyond the walls of the hospital—even how to sustain patient experience transformation.

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Breakthroughs Report: The Promise of Healthcare Analytics

By: June 25, 2012

Healthcare is rich in data. The challenge for healthcare organizations is to make sense of the morass of clinical, financial, and operational information generated. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, four leading healthcare organizations—Brigham and Women's Hospital, St. Luke's University Health Network, Charleston Area Medical Center, and BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina—share insights and lessons learned.

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