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Wednesday, September 12, 2012


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$1B in Premium Rate Increases Rejected in Rate Reviews

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 12, 2012

State and federal insurance premium rate reviews have resulted in the denials of widespread health insurance rate increases in the individual and small group markets, the Department of Health and Human Services has announced.

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Leaders Speak Out on Value of VBP

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 12, 2012

The promise of value-based purchasing is that it will improve quality of care while reducing costs. We interviewed four healthcare executives and asked them to give reasons why they think VBP will succeed or fail.

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Best Help for Nurses Comes from Nurse Leaders

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, September 11, 2012

Lessons on empowerment aim to help nurses take control over their careers and improve their practice environments, but nurse leaders must be on board.

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ICD-10: Time's Up; No More Excuses

By: Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, September 11, 2012

As worrisome as the final deadlines for use of ICD-10 codes are, it's time to stop the foot dragging. Now, the question is, how. A simple, clean cutover from earlier coding systems to ICD-10 may not be possible.

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Intelligence Report: Physician Alignment—Integration over Independence

By: September 10, 2012

Nearly 70% of healthcare leaders anticipate the number of employed physicians to grow by more than 5% over next three years. Learn how healthcare leaders are ensuring alignment as the shift from independent to employed physicians accelerates. This original research and analysis, produced with support from MedSynergies, offers key insight from top healthcare executives, including new case studies from Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Gadsden Riverview Regional Medical Center, and Vanguard Health Chicago.

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Rounds: mHealth & Social Media—Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health

By: September 10, 2012

Date: October 16, 2012, 12:00–3:00 p.m. (ET)

Kaiser Permanente leaders explore how they successfully leverage information technology, social media, and community-based health programs to empower people to improve their own health. Get real-world solutions, including how to: use web tools and social media to create effective linkages between physicians and members; create community outreach programs that raise awareness and impact people's health; and understand the higher role of HIT in coordinating care among a team of providers.

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