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Wednesday, May 11, 2011


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MedCath Moves Toward Dissolution

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 11, 2011

A proxy statement to be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will request stockholder approval to authorize the MedCath board to dissolve the company, sell its remaining assets without further stockholder approval, and distribute available net proceeds to stockholders, the company says.

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CHIME Raises Concerns on ACO Data Sharing

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

The ability of patients in accountable care organizations to restrict access to their personal health information is one of several hurdles that could hinder the success of the new healthcare delivery models, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives says.

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ACO Hurdles, Risks, Could Dampen Provider Enthusiasm

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

Some healthcare executives are openly skeptical about the benefits of joining accountable care organizations, whose eventual downside risks could be considerable. Providers are raising legitimate concerns, a health researcher says.

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High-volume Hospitals Recommended for High-Risk Heart Transplants

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

Older, sicker heart transplant patients are more likely to be alive a year after their operations if they've been treated at hospitals that perform more than 15 transplants annually, study shows.

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MN Hospital Fires 32 for HIPPA Violations

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, May 11, 2011

Allina Hospital in Minneapolis has fired 32 employees for inappropriately accessing the electronic medical records of patients -- the highest reported termination tally at a hospital for such a violation in recent memory.

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Are There Simple Answers to Telehealth Questions?

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, May 10, 2011

This week CMS lowered one of the biggest barriers to telehealth when it implemented a new credentialing and privileging processfor physicians and practitioners who provide telemedicine services. The problem is that there are still many open questions about telehealth.

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Suicide After Medical Error Highlights Importance of Support for Clinicians

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, May 10, 2011

A tragic story about the death of a child from a medical error turned even sadder last month after the nurse who administered the medication took her own life. It serves as a grim wake-up call for how hospitals deal with clinicians after errors.

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Impact Analysis: Leaders Respond to CMS' Proposed ACO Regulations

By: May 4, 2011

The proposed regulations are indeed out, but what do they really mean to your organization and the industry? Get reactions from leaders at hospitals, health plans, and physician practices that are already well-versed in ACOs, including Monarch Healthcare, Alegent Health, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan /Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Geisinger Health System, Dean Health System, and Scripps Health. LINK: http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/impact-analysis/265335

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Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era

By: April 14, 2011

Reform, reimbursement, and reintegration—a triple threat to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) or new opportunities for ROI? Join HealthLeaders Media for a 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, to learn how to increase the financial return of ASC operations from leaders with proven ambulatory care ROI. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9585&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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