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Friday, April 1, 2011

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HHS Unveils ACO Rules Proposal

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 31, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services has released for public comment the long-awaited proposed rules governing accountable care organizations.

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FTC, DOJ Open ACO Antitrust Guidelines to Public Comment

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 1, 2011

Some accountable care organizations could fall into designated antitrust "safety zones" while others could be eligible for expedited antitrust reviews under proposed rules issued jointly by the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice.

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HDHPs Associated With 14% Decline in Health Spending

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, April 1, 2011

Childhood vaccination rates, and rates of mammography, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer screening,  and other preventive care fell among enrollees in high-deductible health plans, a RAND study finds.

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Early Removal of Pediatric Catheters Key to Infection Prevention

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 1, 2011

The incidence of bloodstream infections in children with peripherally inserted central venous catheters can be reduced by removing the devices as early as possible, a Johns Hopkins Children's Center study says.

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AHRQ Reports Declines in Diabetes Care

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 1, 2011

The proportion of low income adults with diabetes who had annual blood sugar level testing and eye and feet exams declined from 39% to 23% between 2002 and 2007, an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report shows.

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Orthopedic Leaders Describe 'Cruising to Recovery' Strategy

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, March 31, 2011

The MemorialCare Health System in Southern California has worked to improve patient outcomes and ROI in its joint replacement center. Hospital leadership discussed their program in a HealthLeaders Media Rounds program on "Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform."

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Elected Boards No Way to Run a Hospital

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, March 31, 2011

The outrageous and disruptive antics of the Tri-City Healthcare District's elected board in Oceanside, CA tell a cautionary tale about why it's a bad idea to let voters choose who governs a hospital.

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Webcast: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services

By: February 14, 2011

Given the growing trend toward all-inclusive cancer centers, do you know how to differentiate your own oncology services to protect and grow your market share? Your oncology care is distinct. Its marketing should be, too. Join HealthLeaders Media on March 31 for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and a case study, for valuable lessons from marketing leaders.

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