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Price Gouging Spikes Drug Costs Up to 4500%, Purchasing Group Says

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 17, 2011

The practice by so-called grey market vendors of marking up the cost of scarce, life-saving medications by astronomical margins is on the rise, a Premier Healthcare Alliance report finds.

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AMGA: Physician Practices Falter on Thinning Margins

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 17, 2011

While many physician groups have been able to offset Medicare reimbursement cuts through ancillary services such as imaging, concerns over further cuts remain strong, an American Medical Group Association survey shows.

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Time to Trash Your Org Chart?

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, August 15, 2011

Most management hierarchies are set up to thrive under the fee-for-service payment structure, but those structures are unlikely to be relevant in the near future. To adapt, some of the best performing hospitals are undergoing major restructuring from top to bottom.

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Demand Letter Responsibility to Shift from RACs to MACs

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, August 17, 2011

Recovery audit contractors, previously responsible for issuing demand letters to providers, will shift this responsibility to Medicare administrative contractors. The move is expected to help providers with the process of recoupment.

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Why Training Nurse Leaders Matters

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, August 16, 2011

The last thing most hospitals want to do in a time of financial uncertainty is spend money on training and development. But advanced training for nurse leaders yields both quantitative and qualitative benefits.

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Technology's Role in the Patient Experience Imperative

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, August 16, 2011

 While some healthcare organizations are using advanced online tactics to improve the patient experience, many are still pinning their hopes on outdated methods of communication and interaction.

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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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Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates

By: August 10, 2011

Date: September 16, 2011
About: With 20% of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries discharged from a hospital readmitted within 30 days, Baylor Heart and Vascular Center in Dallas, which boasts one of the lowest readmission rates nationwide (17.3%), and Our Lady of Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, which cut its readmission rate from the nation’s second-highest (32.4%) to 15%, share strategies to help you reduce your readmission rates.


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