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Friday, August 19, 2011

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OIG: Soaring Medicaid Brand-name Drug Prices Offset by Rebates

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 19, 2011

Brand-name drug payments by state Medicaid programs grew between 34% and 40% between 2005 and 2010, while overall inflation grew only 13%. But Medicaid's rebate-adjusted payment amounts for brand-name drugs actually lagged inflation, an Office of Inspector General report finds.

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Healthcare Cost Growth Accelerates Slightly

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 19, 2011

The average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial insurance and Medicare grew 5.61% over the 12 months ending in June 2011, representing a second straight month of modest acceleration of cost growth, Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices show.

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Private Equity Interest In Nonprofit Hospitals Growing

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, August 19, 2011

While some nonprofit hospitals and health systems continue to turn to debt leveraging as a means to pursue growth opportunities, others are turning to and being welcomed by private equity firms.

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Healthcare Workers Still Skeptical About Flu Vaccinations

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 19, 2011

Efforts to get more healthcare workers vaccinated are having little success, with results far short of  the nation's 90% goal, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Inside Cardiology's PCI Problem

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

Researchers find wide variation in the proportion of inappropriate percutaneous coronary intervention procedures in non-acute settings and estimate that nearly 12% should not have been performed, and the need for another 38% is undetermined.

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How a Solo Physician Aced Stage 1 Meaningful Use

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, August 18, 2011

A primary care physician who spent months scanning documents with the help of family members says he found the journey to Stage 1 meaningful use approval occasionally frustrating, but ultimately worthwhile, with an EMR -- and a payday at the end.

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Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement

By: August 10, 2011

Date: September 22, 2011
About: More than just a buzzword, patient experience has become the quintessential objective in our healthcare climate. Fortunately, the thriving world of social media offers proven pathways to not only create patient engagement, but actually build community around your organization. Learn how Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital consistently scores above the 90th percentile in patient satisfaction using social media tools and metrics.


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Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates

By: August 10, 2011

Date: September 16, 2011
About: With 20% of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries discharged from a hospital readmitted within 30 days, Baylor Heart and Vascular Center in Dallas, which boasts one of the lowest readmission rates nationwide (17.3%), and Our Lady of Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, which cut its readmission rate from the nation’s second-highest (32.4%) to 15%, share strategies to help you reduce your readmission rates.


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