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Friday, September 16, 2011


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Healthcare Costs Accelerate Slightly

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

While the Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices posted their lowest annual growth rate in six years in April, the rate of growth has been inching up monthly since May.

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CFO Exchange: Weighing Expenses Against Quality Mandates

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

Chief financial officers from across the country gathered at HealthLeaders Media’s inaugural CFO Exchange event Thursday to discuss their most pressing concerns -- expenses related to care coordination, value-based purchasing, and ICD-10 amidst quality mandates.

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Fake Doc Pleads Guilty in $1.2M Fraud Scheme

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

A man who posed as a physician and collected about $1.2 million for the "care" he provided to about 1,000 people in two states has pleaded guilty in federal court, the Department of Justice says.

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SHSMD: 10 Tips for Strategic Planning

By: Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, September 16, 2011

Crafting a strategic plan starts from the top down, in the C-suite. At the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development annual conference, experts share tactics on keeping the momentum going, engaging key stakeholders, and using data effectively.

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Best and Worst Hospitals for 30-Day Mortality

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

Conversations with leaders of some of the best and worst hospitals that appear on Medicare's latest HospitalCompare spreadsheet reveal what they know, and what they do are doing, to affect 30-day mortality rates.

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Doctor Fights for Stronger Drug Labeling

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, September 15, 2011

A 69-year-old Arizona physician, motivated by personal experience, is leading efforts to strengthen warnings about the possible negative side effects of bone-building drugs used by millions of women.

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Breakthroughs: The High-Performing Surgical Program

By: September 2, 2011

 Given a reimbursement model based on outcomes, not volume, only those surgical services that can deliver state-of the-art care, value, and an outstanding patient experience will survive. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—St.Francis Hospital, Methodist Hospital System, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Bassett Healthcare—share lessons learned about new ways of approaching surgical care and strategy.

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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:http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod-9547-EZINEADB&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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