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Friday, April 15, 2011


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Obama Deficit Reduction Plan Prompts Call for Repeal of IPAB

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, April 15, 2011

The proposal from the White House to slash healthcare spending by reining in Medicare and strengthening the Independent Payment Advisory Board is eliciting strong reactions among industry groups.

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ED Safety Initiative Scrutinizes Quality of Care

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, April 15, 2011

A two-year collaborative effort between the Premier Healthcare Alliance and emergency departments at 14 hospitals aims to reduce clinical practice variation, improve care quality, increase patient satisfaction, and improve patient outcomes.

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CA Joins Whistleblower Suit Against Sutter Health

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 15, 2011

 The office of thestate insurance commissioner has filed a complaint in California Superior Court alleging that Sutter Hospitals falsely billed for "hundreds of millions of dollars" in anesthesia services. Sutter denies the claims.

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WakeMed Announces $62M Women's Hospital

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 15, 2011

Raleigh, NC-based WakeMed Health & Hospitals is planning to open in late 2013 a 61-bed acute care hospital with a focus on inpatient women's health services, including obstetric and gynecological services.

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Who's Being Transparent With HAC Data?

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 14, 2011

For months, the American Hospital Association argued against the public release of hospital-acquired condition data linked to specific hospitals.  Last week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services made it public anyway. The numbers may not tell the whole story.

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Physician Engagement Vital to EMR Implementation

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

 Implementing an electronic medical records system requires more than funding  and strong information technology resources. Hospital leaders need to engage physicians in the transition. Without doctors, the road to EMR will be torturous.

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Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care

By: April 4, 2011

Patient-centered healthcare IS accountable care— accountable for quality, for value, and for patient satisfaction. Join us on April 27 live from Griffin Hospital and Planetree, recognized pioneers in patient-centered care, with more actionable strategies from invited thought leaders at Sharp Memorial and the Maine Patient-Centered Medical Home Pilot.http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/rounds/

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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. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9585&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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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. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9509&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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