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Wednesday, March 16, 2011


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MedPAC Calls for Pay Raise for Doctors, Hospitals

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, March 16, 2011

 Physicians and other health professionals should receive a 1% pay boost for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries in 2012, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission said in its annual list of reimbursement recommendations.

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Preventive Services Lacking in Older Adult Populations, HHS Says

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

Critical gaps exist between older Americans – particularly among minorities -- who receive potentially lifesaving preventive services and those who do not, according to a new federal report.

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Medicare Fraud Settlements Up 56% in FY 2010

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

The federal crackdown on Medicare fraud detection and enforcement is paying for itself many times over with record-high recoveries of ill-gotten tax dollars, the Obama administration says.

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5 Ways to Maximize Profitability in Contract Negotiations

By: Troy Roth, for HealthLeaders Media, March 16, 2011

When providers are armed with the right information and resources, they can turn the negotiations around to capture all revenue rightly owed to them by payer organizations. Modeling technology, training investments, and financial forecasting are make-or-break process points to consider.

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10 Healthcare Reform Market Changes Affecting Physicians

By: Laura P. Jacobs, MPH, for HealthLeaders Media, March 16, 2011

While specific regulations from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act  are still evolving, marketplace trends and healthcare reform have clear implications for physicians regarding private payer initiatives, physician-hospital integration, and government action.

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When Quality's a Priority, so is HIT

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, March 15, 2011

 Hospitals might be cutting back on spending, but they're still shelling out for health information technology as hospital leaders strive to improve quality of care – and reap the financial benefits of meeting meaningful use requirements.

 

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Top Priorities Differ for Nurse Execs, Managers

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, March 15, 2011

The top concerns for nursing executives in 2011 include CMS’ value-based purchasing and what patient satisfaction scores will mean for reimbursement. But do their priorities mesh with those from nurse managers on the front line where staffing and scheduling cause the most headaches?

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Webcast: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services

By: February 14, 2011

Given the growing trend toward all-inclusive cancer centers, do you know how to differentiate your own oncology services to protect and grow your market share? Your oncology care is distinct. Its marketing should be, too. Join HealthLeaders Media on March 31 for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and a case study, for valuable lessons from marketing leaders. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9460&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform

By: February 14, 2011

Forward-thinking orthopedic leaders are ensuring high performance and coordination among a carefully constructed caregiver team. Those leaders are also exploring the right metrics to know whether the outcomes they are tracking are the most meaningful to patients. Join the executive and clinical leadership team from nationally renowned MemorialCare Health System and orthopedic innovator Marshall Steele, MD, on March 29 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/rounds/

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