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Thursday, June 16, 2011

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MGMA: 'Mixed Movement' on Physician Compensation

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 16, 2011

Compensation growth for primary care and specialty care physicians in 2010 appears to have been determined as much by location as by area of medical expertise, according to a survey from the Medical Group Management Association.

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Thoughts on Reform: When ACOs, Vectors, and Spin Collide

By: Michael Silver, PhD, Vice President, Sg2, for HealthLeaders Media, June 16, 2011

Healthcare reform can be viewed as a complex vector process in which a wide range of local, regional, and national forces act on the players in the health care drama—consumers, employers, providers, and payers.

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Healthcare Leaders Address Class of 2011

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 16, 2011

In commencement addresses delivered to medical students this year, health leaders call for new doctors to indulge both their passion and compassion, share their success, make time for family, and "refuse what is unacceptable to our humanity."

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Under HIX, Quality Ratings May Be 'Market Movers'

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 16, 2011

Health insurance exchanges will transform the way health insurance is bought and sold and rely more heavily on customer engagement and quality rankings, according to Deloitte executives addressing the American Health Insurance Plan conference in San Francisco.

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Behind BSCA's 2% Solution

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

Healthcare economist Uwe E. Reinhardt disambiguates the motive behind Blue Shield of California's announcement that it will limit its income to 2% of revenue and hand back about $180 million to policyholders, physicians, hospitals.

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Physician Recruiters Share Alternative Strategies

By: Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, June 15, 2011

As the physician shortage skyrockets, so should a hospital or health system's recruiting efforts. Marketing priorities have long centered on attracting patients, but it's time to focus on physician recruitment using portals, live chats, and other innovations besides just word of mouth.

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White House Council Aims to Boost Access to Rural Health

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, June 15, 2011

Rural healthcare gets some much-needed federal attention via a newly formed White House council and a renewed push for health IT and better  access to healthcare.

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Webcast: Transform Your ED into a Profit Center

By: June 13, 2011

Date: June 23, 2011
What: Get in-the-trenches management tools and techniques to grow your ED's bottom line. Learn how Heartland Health revamped processes and increased revenue from $15 million to $33.5 million and turned its ED into a profit center with a 40% margin. 

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Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs

By: June 13, 2011

Date: August 16, 2011
What: Attend on-site or participate via live webcast.
About: Get accountable care strategies from ACO pioneers Norton Healthcare, Humana, and Palmetto Health--first movers who already have experienced the challenges of building a new framework for healthcare delivery.

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