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Thursday, December 16, 2010

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Obama Signs 'Doc Fix' Bill

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, December 16, 2010

The law delays by one year implementation of the sustainable growth rate formula, which sets the rates of Medicare reimbursements to physicians.

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6 Health Systems Team with Dartmouth to Study Quality, Costs

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, December 15, 2010

Cleveland Clinic, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Denver Health, Geisinger Health System, Intermountain Healthcare, and Mayo Clinic have announced that they are collaborating with the Dartmouth Institute to share information on outcomes, quality, and healthcare costs across a range of common conditions and treatments.

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CDPH Reports 'Big' Data Security Breach

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, December 16, 2010

Personal and medical information for up to 2,550 residents and employees of 600 Southern California skilled nursing facilities has gone missing in the mail, the California Department of Public Health said Wednesday.

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How to Be RAC-Ready in 2011

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, December 16, 2010

In this Q&A, HCPro's director of Medicare and Compliance, Kimberly Anderwood Hoy,  discusses Recovery Audit Contractor audits, the three-day rule, adequate staffing, and the coming impact of RAC expansion into Medicaid and how providers can prepare for 2011.

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7 Resources for Boosting Outpatient Business

By: Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media, December 15, 2010

Community hospitals without a solid growth strategy for outpatient may be facing a grim future, but here are seven free resources to guide your strategic discussions.

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AMA, AHIP Find Common Ground on Preauthorizations

By: Jeff Elliott, for HealthLeaders Media, December 15, 2010

While physicians will continue to cringe at the notion that their clinical judgment is being undermined and health plans stick to their guns on profit-preserving preauthorization policies, let's enjoy this rare moment that finds both the American Medical Association and America’s Health Insurance Plans looking for ways to make the administrative aspects of preauthorization more efficient.

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Retail Health Proves Profitable for Health Systems

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, December 15, 2010

Just 2% of retail health clinics were owned by health systems in 2009, according to a Deloitte report. But  the few providers that are taking a risk in the retail market say it’s proving to be a profitable venture. Wuesthoff Health System and Lehigh Valley Health Network both recently launched retail health clinics with different business models and both are happy with their investment.

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Webcast: Primary Care for Better Outcomes, Value, and Coordination

By: December 15, 2010

Given the shortage of primary care physicians and the increasingly competitive physician market, you need both proven best-practice strategies and innovative new ideas to recruit, retain, and align your primary care physicians. Join HealthLeaders Media on January 25, at 1 p.m. (EST) for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, to learn how to develop primary care networks that improve outcomes and care coordination for your community.

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New Intelligence Report: Reform Readiness

By: December 15, 2010

As the healthcare industry prepares for fundamental change under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report reveals that 60% of healthcare leaders say neither the quality nor the efficiency of healthcare at their organization will get any better under healthcare reform. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis at

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