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Thursday, May 12, 2011

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IHA Urges Lawmakers to Reject $463M in Medicaid Cuts

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

An Illinois Hospital Association survey has found that 90% of hospitals would be challenged to meet day-to-day operations, and nearly two-thirds would have to cut services and staff if $300 million in Medicaid cuts were imposed under the governor's budget plan.

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Milliman: Annual Healthcare Costs Doubled in Under Nine Years

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

In less than nine years healthcare costs have doubled for the average family of four covered by a preferred provider organization, study finds.

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How Sparking Employee Engagement Can Elevate Patient Satisfaction

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 14, 2011

When hospital leaders decide to take their institutions from average to world-class, a good place to start is with employee engagement, which can lead to improvements in patient satisfaction scores.

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Medical, Administrative Leaders Demonstrate Power of Collaboration

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, April 14, 2011

A collaborative framework of "leadership as partnership" has physicians and medical center co-owners working in sync to deliver high-quality patient outcomes and achieve healthy fiscal outcomes.

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How Field Clinics Reduce One Hospital's ED Strain

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, May 11, 2011

By deploying field clinics across a 2,000-square-mile swath of rough terrain, North Carolina-based Albemarle Health is providing care to uninsured residents and seasonal workers, and reducing the burden on its emergency department.

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NAIC Summary of Health Plan Coverage Ready for Testing

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

The government-mandated summary of health insurance benefits and coverage, entrusted to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, is about to undergo consumer testing by Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and America’s Health Insurance Plans.

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Is Social Media an Effective Healthcare Marketing Tool?

By: Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, May 11, 2011

Many hospitals and healthcare organizations are still figuring out the best ways to use social media to their advantage. We look at one hospital that flexed to respond to an emergency Tweet, and another that logged an embarrassing Facebook failure.

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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:

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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.

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