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Friday, November 19, 2010

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4 Accountable Care Challenges for CMS

By: Tony Miller, for HealthLeaders Media, November 18, 2010

The January 2012 launch of the Medicare accountable care organization option is fast-approaching. To pave the way, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will need to address the challenges of facilitating clinical performance, payment infrastructure, a multi-payer base, and financial incentives.

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Healthcare Costs Up 7% by Sept.

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 18, 2010

The average, per capita cost of providing healthcare services in the United States rose by 7.08% for the past 12 months ending in September, well above the 1.1% overall inflation for the same period, according to  Standard & Poor's.

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Soaring ED Visits Cause Hospital Overcrowding

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 19, 2010

Nine in 10 emergency department visits were for acute conditions in 2008 and overuse is cause for concern, according to a report released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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MN Sanford Health Merges with North Country Health

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 18, 2010

The not-for-profit collaboration includes a fully integrated clinic and hospital in Bemidji to increase efficiency and coordination of patient care, the organizations say.

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Cardinal Health to Acquire Kinray for $1.3B

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 18, 2010

Cardinal Health says it is expanding its access to independent pharmacies in the northeast by acquiring Kinray, Inc., a pharmaceutical distributor in NYC. The addition will increase Cardinal Health's retail independent pharmacy base by 40%.

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The Growth of the Physician CEO

By: Michele Wilson, November 15, 2010

At a time when hospital-physician alignment has taken on greater importance, the MD as CEO might seem obvious, but, as with most things in healthcare, it's not that simple.

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Intelligence Report: Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions

By: November 15, 2010

Brand-new research shows that 64% of healthcare leaders expect an increase in M&A activity between acute care hospitals and both diagnostic imaging and ambulatory surgery centers. As the transaction tide continues to rise, the newest HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report, Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions: Opportunities and Challenges, reveals key insights to help keep you afloat.

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HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations

By: October 26, 2010

Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic and Norton Healthcare are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned.

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End-of-Life Care is Often Futile, Costly

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 18, 2010

The folks at the Dartmouth Atlas Project have pointed out the elephant in the room—the enormous amount of far too aggressive, painful, costly, and often futile care, which too many doctors and hospitals provide during a Medicare patient's last days of life.

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Fed Funding Aids Primary Care Need

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, November 18, 2010

Ramin Ahmadi, MD, director of medical education and research at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut, is finding a way to get more primary care physicians into his community. Follow the money. The government's money, that is.

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