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Monday, September 19, 2011

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Medicare Advantage Enrollment Expected to Spike

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 19, 2011

Enrollment in the private health insurance for Medicare beneficiaries will increase and premium prices will drop as health plans prepare for the open enrollment period, officials at the Department of Health and Human Services say.

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Geisinger, PA's Bloomsburg Health to Merge

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

Bloomsburg Health System and its affiliates will merge into Geisinger Health System, the two systems have announced. Bloomsburg's board will become an advisory council for the new joint campus.

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Group Practice Innovators: Investing in Success

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, September 13, 2011

Group practice innovators have been creating their own approaches to treat high-risk and chronic-care and patients. The efforts of two group practices offer insights on achieving sustainable results that can benefit not just individual practices, but hospitals, health systems, and payers.

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Unhealthy Workers Bloat Hospital Budgets

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, September 16, 2011

Hospital workers are not only sicker than the general population, but they spend about 10% more on healthcare services. I'm not smart enough to figure out all the ways hospital leaders could incent workers to live healthier lives — that's your job. But you'd better get going. You're playing catch-up.

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Breakthroughs: The High-Performing Surgical Program

By: September 2, 2011

 Given a reimbursement model based on outcomes, not volume, only those surgical services that can deliver state-of the-art care, value, and an outstanding patient experience will survive. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—St.Francis Hospital, Methodist Hospital System, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Bassett Healthcare—share lessons learned about new ways of approaching surgical care and strategy.

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Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes

By: August 23, 2011

Date: October 26, 2011
About: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast. Host Denver Health with invited guest Virtua share how to make continuous quality improvement with a focus on bottom-line value part of your institutional culture and process. LINK:

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