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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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ACO Concerns Elicit Enticements from CMS' Berwick

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

In response to widespread objections to proposed federal rules on accountable care organizations, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services director Don Berwick, MD, is wooing providers with programs designed to speed payments and education.

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Aurora Health Balks at ACOs Under Proposed Rules

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

The Milwaukee-based healthcare system will not take part in federal accountable care organization pilot projects unless significant changes are made to the proposed rules, its CEO says.

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Federal Audits Find HIT Security Problems at CMS, ONC

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

Audits of two federal agencies charged with implementing and monitoring security measures for healthcare information technology have identified lax oversight and insufficient standards for healthcare providers.

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How Nurse Executives Can Help Tired Nurses

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, May 17, 2011

Nurse fatigue and cognitive overload are of increasing concern, but simply doing away with 12-hour shifts is not a realistic option. Instead, nurse leaders must find ways to amend policies and procedures in ways that will mitigate 'complexity compression.'

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Looking for Imaging's Missing Link

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, May 17, 2011

Backed by millions in federal grant money, Wake Forest, the Radiological Society of North America, and other groups are investigating alternatives to low-tech image-sharing tools that are fast, easy, reliable, and interoperable.

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Webcast: Beyond Medicare Shared Savings: Effective ACO & Clinical Integration Strategies

By: May 4, 2011

Go beyond the ACO regs furor to uncover commercial and Medicare alternatives for your ACO strategy. Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, for a deep dive with leading experts savvy on the legal and business operation of ACOs in commercial markets and CMS programs other than Medicare Shared Savings. LINK:

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Rounds: Coordinating Systems of Care

By: May 4, 2011

Whether your hospital system is pursuing an accountable care organization or a broader program of clinical integration, the real work of creating high-value, cost-effective healthcare is in transforming the systems of care. But the solutions may not be as big and unmanageable as you think. Join us live or via live webcast from Gundersen Lutheran Health System with Gundersen’s clinical and executive leadership team and invited guest Fairview Health Services, two of the nation’s health system pioneers in high-quality, lower-cost healthcare. LINK:

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Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations

By: April 5, 2011

Neurological service line success is all about managing the collision of technology, research, and care coordination. Get strategies for managing the collision on May 18, live from Barrow Neurological Institute with invited thought leaders from St. John Providence Health System and St. Luke Hospital.

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