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Thursday, February 17, 2011

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CMS Proposes PPC Medicaid Payment Reductions

By: Mike Iarrobino, for HealthLeaders Media, February 16, 2011

Provider-preventable conditions would receive a payment reduction under Medicaid, similar to the treatment of hospital-acquired conditions by the Medicare program, under a proposed rule posted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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HHS Updates National Vaccine Plan

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

The 10-year plan addresses research and development, financing, distribution, safety, and informed decision-making among consumers and healthcare providers, says the Department of Health and Human Services.

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'Early Innovators' of HIE to Split $241M HHS Grant

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

 Six states and a consortium of New England states will split the Department of Health and Human Services grant for developing health insurance exchanges for small businesses and individuals.

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Determining Your Organization's Value

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, February 13, 2011

It is always good to have a handle on what the organization is worth, but in an M&A climate, even more so.

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Disney Reaches Into Maternity Wards

By: Doug Desjardins for HealthLeaders Media, February 16, 2011

A marketing campaign from the Walt Disney Company will have reps visiting  hundreds of maternity hospitals in the U.S. this spring to hand out free baby apparel. But a child advocacy group suggests hospitals may not be the proper setting for Disney's marketing effort.

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Value-Based Benefits: Are We There Yet?

By: Jeff Elliott for HealthLeaders Media, February 16, 2011

While questions about ROI remain, evidence from predictive models detailing the anticipated financial benefits of value-based insurance design may push employers closer toward widespread acceptance of value-based benefits.

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Quality, Safety Top Rural Health Leaders' Priorities

By: Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media, February 16, 2011

Insight into the priorities of rural healthcare executives reveals little affection for the Patient Protection Act, and a high regard for nurses, data collected in the annual HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey shows.

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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.

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Healthcare Leaders Reveal Uncertainties About Industry Direction

By: February 16, 2011

Dedication to mission is strong and getting stronger, but just how to accomplish that mission is less certain, according to the just-released results of the 2011 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey.

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