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Joint Commission Top Hospitals List Shuns Academic Medical Centers

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 15, 2011

In what Joint Commission president Mark Chassin is calling "a wake-up call to larger hospitals," facilities with some of the most prominent national reputations are absent from the list of 405 best in the nation. Meanwhile, a disproportionate number of smaller hospitals are represented, in "recognition that small, rural, and community hospitals can do an excellent job."

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ASHHRA: Learn to Live with Lower Medicare Reimbursements

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

Hospitals and health systems that hope to survive in the era of healthcare reform will have to learn to live on less, says keynote speaker Ian Morrison at the Annual Convention & Exhibition of the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration.

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CMS Releases Medicaid RACs Final Rule

By: James Carroll for HealthLeaders Media, September 15, 2011

The final rule on recovery audit contractors aims to fight Medicaid fraud and will save taxpayers an estimated $2.1 billion over the next five years, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

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As 'Super Committee' Ponders Medicare Cuts, Actuaries Weigh In

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 14, 2011

Medicare has been on the express train to insolvency for years. The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, now mulling a number of budget-slashing proposals, could accelerate the ride, affecting Medicare costs and access to quality care for beneficiaries. The solution, says the American Academy of Actuaries, lies in slowing the growth in overall healthcare spending.

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How the Right Words Can Deliver a 6-Figure Payoff

By: Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, September 14, 2011

The medical community has understood for 164 years the importance of hand washing as a means of reducing infection. Yet rates of compliance among healthcare providers are abysmal. But a recent study shows that a certain type of signage can spur a dramatic improvement.

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HHS Grants Aim to Ease Data Sharing Among Rural Health Providers

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, September 14, 2011

A pilot program developed as a result of the President's Rural Health Initiative, has identified 40 grantee organizations that will receive about $300,000 each to purchase equipment, install broadband networks, and provide training for staff.

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Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement

By: August 10, 2011

Date: September 22, 2011
About: More than just a buzzword, patient experience has become the quintessential objective in our healthcare climate. Fortunately, the thriving world of social media offers proven pathways to not only create patient engagement, but actually build community around your organization. Learn how Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital consistently scores above the 90th percentile in patient satisfaction using social media tools and metrics.


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Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes

By: August 23, 2011

Date: October 26, 2011
About: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast. Host Denver Health with invited guest Virtua share how to make continuous quality improvement with a focus on bottom-line value part of your institutional culture and process. LINK:

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