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Tuesday, April 12, 2011


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Tenet Claims CHS Overbilled Medicare $377M

By: April 12, 2011

A federal complaint filed by Tenet Healthcare alleges that its rival, Community Health Systems, overbilled Medicare by using medically unnecessary admissions. The charges are "without merit," Community Health Systems counters.

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AHA Board Chair Bluford Inducted

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 12, 2011

John W. Bluford, president and CEO of Truman Medical Centers, has been officially inducted as the chairman of the board of directors of the American Hospital Association.

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Health Plan Performance Standards Open for Comment

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, April 12, 2011

URAC, an independent healthcare accreditation and education organization, has opened a call for public comment on the performance measures proposed to be added to its accreditation standards for health plans.

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Hospitals' Lean Journey Starts with Baby Steps

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, April 11, 2011

Hospitals and health systems considering a Lean or Six Sigma approach to bolster margins while reducing cost quickly come to understand: Improvements to billing and collections processes don't come easy, but small steps can lead to a big payoff.

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Engaged Employees Need Engaged Managers

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

If your healthcare organization has a union, or is in the midst of organizing activity, chances are that poor management or some sort of management-labor communications breakdown played a role.

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Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care

By: April 4, 2011

Patient-centered healthcare IS accountable care— accountable for quality, for value, and for patient satisfaction. Join us on April 27 live from Griffin Hospital and Planetree, recognized pioneers in patient-centered care, with more actionable strategies from invited thought leaders at Sharp Memorial and the Maine Patient-Centered Medical Home Pilot.http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/rounds/

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Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations

By: April 5, 2011

Neurological service line success is all about managing the collision of technology, research, and care coordination. Get strategies for managing the collision on May 18, live from Barrow Neurological Institute with invited thought leaders from St. John Providence Health System and St. Luke Hospital. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/rounds/

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