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Monday, April 18, 2011

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CHS, Subject of HHS Probe, Ups Offer on Tenet

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 18, 2011

Community Health Systems Inc.'s hostile takeover bid for Tenet HealthCare Corp. took another twist just three days after Franklin, TN-based CHS acknowledged that it was "cooperating fully" with a subpoena issued by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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In an ACO, Who's Accountable?

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, April 14, 2011

It can be the hospital, but other organizations, most commonly health plans, large multispecialty physician practices, and medical service organizations can also serve as the "accountable" party in an accountable care organization.

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Drug Shortages Raise Costs, Put Patients at Risk

By: Mike Alkire, for HealthLeaders Media, April 15, 2011

Drug shortages are a major safety issue, and one that deserves prompt attention from both the pharmaceutical industry and the government agencies that oversee them, says one expert.

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Shorter Hospital Stays for Uninsured Patients Compared to Insured

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, April 18, 2011

Uninsured patients are typically hospitalized for less time and at a lower cost than insured patients, research by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality finds.

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Florida Doctor Convicted in $23M Medicare Fraud Scheme

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 18, 2011

A federal jury has convicted a Miami physician on felony false claims and conspiracy counts for his role in an HIV injection and infusion Medicare fraud scheme, the Departments of Justice, and Health and Human Services announced jointly.

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Is Community’s Hostile Bid for Tenet Worth the Price?

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

The cost of making this acquisition, should it succeed or fail, is ratcheting up, and not just in terms of Community Health Systems' offering price per share of Tenet Healthcare. Anyone who ultimately gets rich off this saga will likely have a law school diploma on the wall.

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Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care

By: April 4, 2011

Patient-centered healthcare IS accountable care— accountable for quality, for value, and for patient satisfaction. Join us on April 27 live from Griffin Hospital and Planetree, recognized pioneers in patient-centered care, with more actionable strategies from invited thought leaders at Sharp Memorial and the Maine Patient-Centered Medical Home Pilot.

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Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era

By: April 14, 2011

Reform, reimbursement, and reintegration—a triple threat to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) or new opportunities for ROI? Join HealthLeaders Media for a 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, to learn how to increase the financial return of ASC operations from leaders with proven ambulatory care ROI.

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Webcast: Ratchet Up Physician Referrals: Proven Methods & Measures

By: April 14, 2011

At the heart of successful physician referral programs are relationships that result in buy-in, engagement, and alignment. How do you build those? And, how do you use data to prove your program's success to the C-suite? Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and case studies, for lessons and insights from marketing leaders with successful referral programs.

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