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Tuesday, February 19, 2013


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NCQA Issues First ACO Accreditations

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, February 19, 2013

The National Committee of Quality Assurance evaluates accountable care organizations on the basis of 65 elements including whether they have sufficient specialists and primary care providers and the capability to provide urgent or emergency care as well as inpatient care.

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BCBSNC Kicks Off Orthopedic Bundles

By: Jacqueline Fellows, for HealthLeaders Media, February 19, 2013

New payment models from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina mean patients receive highly coordinated, pre-operative care and one, fixed-rate bill for 30-days pre- and 90-days post-surgery for knee replacements.

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Business Roundup: HMA Finalizes Deal with Bayfront Health

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 19, 2013

Hospitals in Florida, Oregon, and New Hampshire have announced deals to partner, collaborate, or merge in recent days. The biggest monetary deal came from Cardinal Health in Ohio, which intends to acquire AssuraMed for more than $2 billion.

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Revenue Can't Fix Bad Metrics; Only Strategy Can

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, February 15, 2013

A declining macro environment suggests that organizations in financial straits are likely to stay there. Rising revenues won't save them—they may need a strategy revamp.

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Webcast: Recruiting and Retaining Physicians for the Post-Reform Era

By: January 11, 2013

Date: March 22, 2013, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

Metro Health System and the National Association of Physician Recruiters share benchmark data and best practices to create the "right fit" for your organization when it comes to physician recruiting in the post-reform era.

Register Today

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Book: The Healthcare Executive's Guide to Urgent Care Centers and Freestanding EDs

By: December 7, 2012

Author: Michael F. Boyle, MD, FACEP and Daniel G. Kirkpatrick, MHA, FACHE

About: A growing demand for convenient urgent care and after-hours medical services has led to a rapid increase of walk-in clinics around the country. This comprehensive book offers a step-by-step executive-level guide to planning, staffing, marketing, and managing profitable urgent care centers.

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