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Thursday, May 17, 2012


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HHS Exchange Funding Tops $1B

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 17, 2012

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced the award of $181 million in new grants to help states establish health insurance exchanges. HHS also issued two guidance documents to help states build exchanges.

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OIG Uncovers Flaws in CMS Processes, Programs

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, May 17, 2012

A recent spate of Office of Inspector General audit reports calls into question some programs from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. For example, a review of the Medicare fee-for-service error rate finds that the calculation methodology is flawed.

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Military Medical Professionals Lead Relief Effort in Alabama

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 16, 2012

With a mixture of pride, appreciation, and frustration, the head of a joint federal-state board that promotes economic development laments that it takes a military exercise to bring quality healthcare to the nation's poorest regions.

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As Twitter Matures, Hospitals Harness its Power

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, May 16, 2012

Atlanta Medical Center is using Twitter to communicate with patients, providers, and media, to manage crises, implement service recovery, and promote key service lines—and it's getting measurable results.

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Medicare Brain Trust Floats SGR Solutions

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 16, 2012

In a series of roundtable discussions on the sustainable growth rate formula, the former heads of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Health Care Financing Administration hope to find solutions.

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Rounds: Building ACO Foundations—Lessons From Kaiser Permanente's Integrated Delivery Model

By: May 1, 2012

Date: May 30, 2012
About: Join HealthLeaders Media and host Kaiser Permanente for a live and simulcast three-hour leadership event on how to use the foundations of team medicine, population health management, and actionable data to create your own vision of integration. Access our FREE event case study now, then register for the exclusive companion event.

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Webcast: Tactics for Valuing Medical Practices: Buying, Selling and Mergers

By: May 15, 2012

Date: May 31, 2012
About: From administrative issues to physician compensation, timing, and cultural fit, hospital and physician leaders must respond to the key motivations and market realities that come with buying or selling a physician practice. Get the strategies you need in a customized webcast with a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access.

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