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Healthcare M&A Activity Hits Record Pace

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

The volume of mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare industry surged in the second quarter of 2011, setting a pace to break all previous records in the sector as measured by dollars, according to a report by Irving Levin Associates.

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Autism Treatment Denials Spark Lawsuits

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

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, facing a class action suit for denying an autism treatment called applied behavior analysis, and Blue Shield of California, have both agreed to provide coverage for ABA services under certain circumstances.

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20% of Homeless Hospitalized 3 Times in Last Year

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 18, 2011

A survey of the nation's homeless in 30 cities has found that more than one in five visited the emergency department or was hospitalized over three times in the last year. Hospitals are about to face penalties in federal reimbursements if they have higher risk-adjusted rates of readmissions than other hospitals.

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HHS Provides $95M for School-based Health Centers

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

Federal grants announced by the Department and Health and Human Services are to help fund capital projects at 278 school-based health centers, but the future of the program is in question. A bill in the House would eliminate the program this year.

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Hospital System, Citing Costs, Hones In On Employees' Health

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 18, 2011

Conceding that it is "pushing the envelope a little bit" with respect to HIPAA, a self-insured Florida health system launches a program that seeks to better the health of its workforce by intervening in high risk behaviors.

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How to Achieve Physician Practice Integration

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

Thanks to a host of factors, hospitals now have the upper hand in physician practice acquisition. The real work is not in negotiating the deals, but in ensuring accountability, quality, and productivity at a time when excellent performance on those measures is financially rewarded.

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Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era

By: June 14, 2011

Date: July 20, 2011
About: Integration will be the key to success in the accountable care era, whether your organization develops an official ACO or not. Organizations must develop strong relationships with employed and affiliated physicians. Join us to get alignment strategies to thrive in an increasingly integrated industry.

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Webcast: Creating an ACO Marketing Language

By: June 21, 2011

Date: July 27, 2011
About: As a marketer, you need to learn the new paradigm of managing population health vs. growing patient volume in a traditional environment. Advance your understanding of how to align ACO marketing with business needs, as well as market accountability to providers, and ultimately your community. LINK:

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