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Thursday, May 19, 2011

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CHS Discloses Federal Subpoenas

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

Community Health Systems says that it has been subpoenaed separately by the SEC and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General.

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HealthSouth to Sell 6 Hospitals to LifeCare for $120M

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

The sale of six long-term acute care hospitals to LifeCare Holdings reinforces HealthSouth's strategic focus on its 97 core, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, its CEO says.

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Employer Healthcare Costs Expected to Jump 8.5% in 2012

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

Healthcare inflation has been slowed over the last two years by the weak economy, but as the recovery continues, costs are increasing too, PricewaterhouseCoopers research suggests.

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Up to 1 in 4 Patients Skip Oral Cancer Drugs on Costs

By: Cheryl Clark, May 19, 2011

High copayment costs prompt between 6% and 25% of oncology patients to forgo filling prescriptions for eight oral cancer drugs, a report funded by five pharmacy manufacturers says.

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Humor's Role in Healthcare Marketing

By: Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, May 18, 2011

Mixing healthcare messaging and humor can be risky. There are rewards for getting it right, but it takes a deft hand to negotiate the line between the type of funny that brings in business and wins awards versus the type of funny that raises eyebrows.

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Ban on Hiring Rural Doctors in Texas is Over

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, May 18, 2011

A new Texas law allows rural Texas hospitals to employ physicians, ending a longstanding ban. The legislation dismantles one of the state's hurdles to physician recruitment and retention in rural areas.

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5 Ways Basic Health Programs Benefit States

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

Families with incomes above the poverty line that have special coverage needs and are vulnerable to economic shifts might benefit from health insurance exchanges, but a basic health program might be a better option for their home states.

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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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Webcast: Blueprint for an Integrated and Alignment-Driven Physician Compensation Plan

By: April 14, 2011

With the advent of the accountable care organization and reimbursement shifts from pay for performance to bundled payments, physician compensation plans must do more than ensure fair compensation for physicians. Join HealthLeaders Media for a 60-minute audio conference, including Q&A, to learn how to craft compensation plans for integration and alignment.

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