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Thursday, November 15, 2012

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MGMA: Medicare Part B Tops Payer Rankings

By: Jacqueline Fellows, for HealthLeaders Media, November 15, 2012

A Group Management Association survey finds high satisfaction scores for Medicare Part B Cigna and Aetna, and reveals that MGMA members are in no rush to join new physician reimbursement models.

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Delay in Transporting Some Trauma Patients Linked to In-Hospital Mortality

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 15, 2012

Time spent treating certain types of traumatic injuries at the scene, prior to transport, should be minimized, says a study published in an emergency medicine journal. It links greater length of time in the field under the care of EMTs to higher chances of in-hospital death.

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Health Plans Betting on HIX to Bring in Business

By: Jacqueline Fellows, for HealthLeaders Media, November 14, 2012

Florida Blue, the state's largest health plan, is building retail centers in preparation for business to be generated by health insurance exchanges. The shops are tailor-made for selling Medicare Advantage policies, the company says.

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Real Patient Experience Doesn't Show Up in HCAHPS Scores

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, November 14, 2012

No matter how long you study your Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores, you don't really know what it's like to be a patient in your hospital until you are one.

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Feds Seek to Redefine FAR Areas

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

Getting a more accurate definition of what constitutes a 'Frontier and Remote' area could be a very big deal. It will be used by the federal government to determine appropriate levels of funding and grants for rural healthcare providers.

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Webcast: Cardiology Service Line—From Volume to Value

By: October 1, 2012

Date: Nov. 27, 2012, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

Coordinate protocols and standardize approaches to better manage cost and reform transitions in the cardiology service line, without cutting into the service or quality of care. Join Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, Sacred Heart Hospital, and Wellmont Health System as they share tactical approaches for maneuvering through healthcare reform transitions in the cardiology service line.

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Webcast: Future of Service Line Marketing—New Tactics, New Tools

By: October 17, 2012

Date: Nov. 29, 2012, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

When it comes to service lines, healthcare marketers are challenged to balance the needs of the organization and individual physicians with limited marketing dollars. Join WellStar Health System, Cooper University Hospital, and Jennings Co. as they explore how to use data to prioritize service line marketing dollars and gain physician buy-in.

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