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DOJ Files Antitrust Suit Against BCBS Michigan

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 19, 2010

A civil antitrust lawsuit brought against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan by the Department of Justice alleges that the insurer's most favored nation pacts with hospitals across the state raise prices, stifle competition from other insurers, and discourage discounts.

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Hospital Downgrades Accelerate in Q3

By: Jeff Elliott for HealthLeaders Media, October 19, 2010

More nonprofit hospitals took it on the chin during the third quarter as seen in the number of downgrades, according to Moody's Investors Service, an indication that healthcare providers continue to battle declining revenues, with little relief in sight.

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Health Plan Cost Poor Indicator of Value

By: Jeff Elliot for HealthLeaders Media, October 19, 2010

With extensive comparisons of health plans' performance and utilization of resources, the National Committee for Quality Assurance has determined that higher spending on healthcare didn't necessarily translate into better quality care.

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Summa Health System Reports Economic Impact of $2B

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 19, 2010

Summa Health System has generated $2.86 billion in economic impact and provided nearly $111 million in community benefit to Akron, OH-area residents in 2009, studies show.

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Patient Rooms Get Smart

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, October 13, 2010

New technologies that bring charting to the bedside and issue gentle patient safety reminders to staff are saving time—and lives.

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Intelligence Report: Patient Experience - Help Wanted

By: October 15, 2010

While 72% of senior healthcare leaders say that patient experience has been a priority in the past year, only 1 of 8 CEOs has primary responsibility for it. Our exclusive, original research and analysis examines this paradox and delves into the realm of patient experience and its challenges, including why healthcare leaders report lack of success in achieving the kind of patient experience they need to provide.

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Lead Transformation: Accelerate Value, Quality, and Coordination

By: October 7, 2010

Join us October 21, live or virtually, for this complimentary, exclusive half-day leadership event that will bring leaders from top healthcare organizations to explore real paths to take today toward accountable care structures and define what medical home and patient-centered care mean for your healthcare organization. Recognized leaders and peer experts will be featured from: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Columbus Regional Hospital, Baptist Health System, Chenango Memorial Hospital, Network Health, Crystal Run Healthcare, Moffitt Cancer Center, Novant Health, and GE Healthcare, Americas. This event takes place October 21, 8:30 am—12:30 pm (CST) at The Fairmont in Dallas, Texas. To register call 800/753-0131 or click here.

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Financial Risk Assessments Can Diagnose Revenue Leaks

By: October 18, 2010

Managing a healthcare organization's risk is a challenge, but doing so while the payment environment undergoes massive upheaval requires some serious forward thinking. Just ask anyone working in radiology these days and they’ll tell you it’s a tense time for their bottom lines—which makes it all the more important that they stay atop their revenue cycle by completing a regular financial risk assessment.

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Healthcare Unions Post Strong Gains

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

The first six months of 2010 were very productive for the nation's healthcare unions, and there is little to indicate that the tide is turning in management's favor, at least for the next year or so. In the first six months of 2010 the Service Employees International Union won 91% of its representation elections, and the newly formed National Nurses United won 100% of its elections.

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