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Grady Memorial Deficiencies Persist After Second CMS Survey

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, November 17, 2011

Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital has resolved several serious deficiencies identified in a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services survey. However, deficiencies remain in the broad category of physical environment, and Grady must develop a corrective action plan to address them.

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ICD-10 Cost, Timing Concerns Explain AMA Vote

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

"At a time when we are working to get the best value possible for our health care dollar, this massive and expensive undertaking will add administrative expense and create unnecessary workflow disruptions," says AMA President Peter W. Carmel, MD, about the mandatory switch to ICD-10.

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CMS Pushing to Reduce Improper Payments

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

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced that it will launch demonstration projects in 2012 targeting some of the most common factors that lead to erroneous payments to providers.

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ICD-10: Skating on Thin Margins

By: November 10, 2011

"[Healthcare leaders] may not totally appreciate the enormity of this task, and that might be something that comes back to bite them in the end. This seems like an infrastructure task, so it may be that people aren’t worried, but there’s more to it."
—Michelle Mahan, Vice President and CFO, Frederick Memorial Regional Health System, Frederick, MD

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ACOs Without the Rules: Private Sector Offers Route to Reform

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, November 16, 2011

While not exactly greeting reform with open arms, the healthcare industry sees value in redesigning the delivery system to include Affordable Care Act fundamentals such as integrated and coordinated care. Sustainable health communities offer an alternative route to the triple aim of better health, better care, and lower cost.

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4 YouTube Best Practices for Healthcare Marketers

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, November 16, 2011

YouTube and other social media can be powerful marketing tools. But hospital marketers must follow a few critical rules in order for YouTube, along with Facebook and Twitter, to enhance their efforts.

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National Rural Health Day Long Overdue

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, November 16, 2011

State offices of rural health, rural hospitals, and other rural health organizations across the country finally get a chance to highlight and share their achievements.

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Webcast: On-Call Compensation—Data-Driven Solutions

By: November 7, 2011

Date: December 6, 2011
About: By engaging physicians in a data-driven approach to payment, you can develop a workable solution to the call coverage conundrum. Join compensation experts from Children's Hospital of Orange County and ECG Management for strategies for affordable, sustainable call compensation.

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