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Thursday, June 14, 2012

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Safety Net Hospitals Raise Concerns on DSH Cuts

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 14, 2012

Proposed cuts to disproportionate share payments under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act may not be on the same timetable as the expansion of health insurance coverage say advocates for safety net hospitals. The fate of the more than $40 billion in Medicare and Medicaid cuts over 10 years is in the hands of the Supreme Court.

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Healthcare Spending Trend to Accelerate, Says CMS

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 14, 2012

A 4% projected spending increase between 2011 and 2013 reflects implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. By 2014, spending growth is expected to increase by 7.4%, says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Encore Engagement Trumps Volunteering, Corporate Exec Finds

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 13, 2012

A retired senior executive with corporate finance expertise pairs up with the CFO of a community health system to build a better cash-handling system. The opportunity gives him "tremendous satisfaction," he says.

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Insurers' Coverage Commitments a No-Brainer

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 13, 2012

UnitedHealthcare and other healthcare payers have announced which provisions of the ACA they will continue to offer, even if the law is ruled unconstitutional. But before we get carried away with the accolades, let's be clear:  They've simply identified coverage options that are popular and have agreed to continue selling them.

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Celebrity Ties Benefit Hospitals—When Alignment is Right

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, June 13, 2012

"The celebrity is not the star; our medicine is the star," says Julie Amor, vice president of marketing at The University of Kansas Hospital. Her organization has twice seen success with marketing campaigns headlined by well-known, relatable, and respected actors.

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FRIDAY Webcast: Medical Home—Prime Your Organization for Launch

By: May 25, 2012

Date: June 15, 2012 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Is establishing a medical home the right fit for your organization? Learn from experts at leading physician practices about the realities of assessing readiness and preparing for medical homes, including physician buy-in and reimbursement structure. Get the strategies you need in a customized webcast with a Q&A, an online forum, a takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access.

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Rounds: Excellence in Cardiac Care—Elements of Success from The Mount Sinai Medical Center

By: May 25, 2012

Date: July 18, 12:00–3:00 p.m. ET
How do you balance the latest in advanced cardiovascular treatment with market growth? Join HealthLeaders Media and the cardiovascular team at The Mount Sinai Medical Center to learn how Sinai has reinvented one of the top cardiovascular enterprises in the country.

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