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Friday, August 17, 2012


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Healthcare Cost Growth Steamrolls CPI

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 17, 2012

Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices show that per capita cost growth covered by commercial insurance and Medicare programs increased by 5.78% over the 12 months ending June. In the larger economy, inflation rose by 1.7% as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

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CDC Urges Hepatitis C Testing for All Baby Boomers

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 17, 2012

Surveillance samples indicate that up to 85% of people infected with hepatitis C don't know it. Now the Centers for Disease Control is calling for healthcare providers to perform inexpensive, one-time hepatitis C testing on all baby boomers.

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'Informed Decision' May Irk Surgeons as It Cuts Costs, Improves Quality

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 16, 2012

The notion of an informed shared medical decision made by patients advised by primary care physicians and others could hurt fee-for-service specialists' and hospitals' revenue by reducing volume. But it could greatly improve quality of care and the health of the healthcare dollar.

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Must CMOs Always Be Licensed Physicians?

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, August 16, 2012

While many hospitals prize training in medical management, operational vision, and leadership ability over clinical skills, the American Medical Association and others maintain that a licensed physician should be chief medical officer.

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Webcast: Marketing & Metrics—The Cleveland Clinic and Fairview Health Way

By: July 30, 2012

Date: Sept. 14, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Can you prove the value of your marketing efforts to your organization's bottom line? Learn how marketing leaders from Cleveland Clinic and Fairview Health Services capture, track, and measure the impact of their marketing programs to demonstrate ROI and better support organizational business objectives. Get proven strategies from industry leaders in a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access.

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Webcast: Managing Disruptive Docs in a New Era of Hospital-Physician Relations

By: August 17, 2012

Date: Sept. 17, 1:00–2:30 p.m. (ET)

Left unchecked, disruptive physicians do more than just create a negative work environment; they endanger patient care and can lead to million-dollar lawsuits and bad publicity. Our top experts will show you early intervention techniques and a range of effective resources that can help you reduce behavioral problems, retain star physicians, and create a healthier workplace. Register Today

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