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Friday, November 12, 2010

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Major Cuts in Provider Pay Recommended by White House Commission

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 11, 2010

Some of the biggest federal cuts are proposed for the healthcare sector, in part to pay for the repeal of the sustainable growth rate formula.

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Dearth of Primary Care Docs Threatens Provisions of Medical Home Model

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 12, 2010

Shifting specialists' routine follow-up care to primary care physicians in a medical home model could save time and money. But the lack of primary care physicians could make such a policy difficult to implement, study says.

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AMA Releases ACO Guidelines

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 12, 2010

Under American Medical Association guidelines, accountable care organizations must be physician-led, patient-centric, and ensure voluntary participation from patients and physicians.

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Hospital Sues WV Over Medicaid Reimbursements

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 12, 2010

Citing "inadequate" reimbursement levels limiting operations and capital expenditures, Appalachian Regional Healthcare is taking legal action against the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

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Health Net Settles CT Data Breach Case for $375K

By: November 11, 2010

The Connecticut Insurance Commission announced this week that it reached a settlement with Health Net in which the insurer will pay the state $375,000 in penalties for failing to safeguard the personal information of its members from misuse by third parties.

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Breakthroughs Report: Future Healthcare and Collaboration

By: October 28, 2010

Explore strategies to accelerate the drive toward more cost-efficient and quality healthcare. In this new HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—Virtua, Crouse Hospital, Heartland Health, and The Chester County Hospital—share insights and lessons learned.

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HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations

By: October 26, 2010

Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic and Norton Healthcare are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned.

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How Providers First Did More Harm This Week

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 11, 2010

Healthcare headlines this week were speckled with examples of how the healthcare system—no doubt with the best of intentions—sometimes ends up doing more harm than good.  As the saying goes, "stuff happens."

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Rural Doctor Resurrects Health Clinic, Embraces EHR

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, November 11, 2010

Many of her patients on the Mississippi Delta cannot pay, are "incredibly sick," and wouldn't have a clue what a wellness program is. But a Roman Catholic nun, physician, and former patient is bridging the gap between rural poverty and health information technology.

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