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Friday, May 13, 2011

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WakeMed Makes $750M Bid for Rex Healthcare

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

In a unanimous vote last week, the WakeMed board approved an offer to buy Rex Healthcare, but owner UNC Health Care is apparently not interested in making a deal.

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Malpractice Bill Ready for Full House

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 13, 2011

A bill which would impose a limit on the medical liability costs paid by healthcare providers has passed through the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. It faces opposition in the Senate.


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AMGA Raises Red Flag on 'Burdensome' ACO Rules

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 13, 2011

The American Medical Group Association warns that a survey of its members has found that 93% would not enroll as an accountable care organization under the proposed regulations, which it characterized as 'overly prescriptive.'

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HHS Seeks Comments on Dual-Eligibles

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 13, 2011

 The Department of Health and Human Services has announced a program to better coordinate care for nine million beneficiaries enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid.

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Rare Malnutrition, Sepsis Cases Dog Hospital Group

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 12, 2011

A chain of 14 California hospitals has some explaining to do after state inspections find some facilities miscoded patient diagnoses or failed to adequately monitor central venous catheters for infections.

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Lawmakers Seek SGR Alternatives, But Who Will Pay?

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, May 12, 2011

Congressional subcommittees have begun the meticulous review of the physician payment formula, also known as the Sustainable Growth Rate Formula, in search of a permanent "doc fix." What about the $300 million cost?

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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: Ratchet Up Physician Referrals: Proven Methods & Measures

By: April 14, 2011

At the heart of successful physician referral programs are relationships that result in buy-in, engagement, and alignment. How do you build those? And, how do you use data to prove your program's success to the C-suite? Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and case studies, for lessons and insights from marketing leaders with successful referral programs.

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