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'Historically' Low Healthcare Spending Growth Predicted for 2013

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 1, 2012

PricewaterhouseCoopers attributes much of the projected slower growth to the tepid economy, the healthcare industry's broad focus on cost containment, and efforts by employers to keep health insurance expenses down.

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Health Savings Accounts, High-Deductible Plans Jump 18%

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 1, 2012

Some 13.5 million Americans had health savings accounts and high-deductible health insurance plans in 2012, an increase of 18% from 2011, according to the latest annual census from America's Health Insurance Plans.

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Surgical Site Infections Persist, But Why?

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 31, 2012

A physician researcher argues that there's little chance hospitals can consistently drive down infection rates to zero. That's because there are factors in play beyond a hospital's control, and scientists and doctors are clueless as to what those might be. 

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Don't Count on SGR Reform This Year

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, May 31, 2012

While the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee is seeking input from physician groups about ideas for the controversial sustainable growth rate formula, the odds are that Congress isn't going to do much about it this year.

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LIVE Webcast: Prevent 30-Day Readmissions

By: May 25, 2012

Date: June 27, 2012 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Join us for readmissions approaches that work—from risk identification and communication, to developing reduction models, standardized care, and strategies for funding initiatives and patient engagement. Pre-submit questions to our speakers to help guide the discussion, and ensure you get the answers your organization needs. You’ll leave this interactive webcast with strategies to standardize care protocols for cardiac and pneumonia patients, improve federal funding for these initiatives, and assess and assign patient risk for readmission, including Medicare FFS patients.

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Rounds: Excellence in Cardiac Care—Elements of Success from The Mount Sinai Medical Center

By: May 25, 2012

Date: July 18, 12:00–3:00 p.m. ET
How do you balance the latest in advanced cardiovascular treatment with market growth? Join HealthLeaders media and the cardiovascular team at The Mount Sinai Medical Center to learn how Sinai has reinvented one of the top cardiovascular enterprises in the country, and has climbed up the national rankings dramatically in the past five years. Get proven strategies for cardiovascular success including: reference valve center leadership and best practices, steps to creating a high-volume, high-quality interventional cardiology program, cardiovascular imaging and cardiovascular service line strategies.

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