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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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CHS Asks Federal Judge to Toss Tenet Suit

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 20, 2011

Community Health Systems has asked a federal judge in Dallas to throw out a "baseless lawsuit" brought by rival Tenet Healthcare alleging that CHS practices widespread and systematic overbilling of Medicare.

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Value-Based Payment Rules May Be Bound for ASCs

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 20, 2011

Ambulatory surgical centers which perform procedures on Medicare beneficiaries may soon be paid on the basis of quality measures under a plan unveiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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CMS Improperly Paid $38M for ED Outpatient Imaging, OIG Says

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 20, 2011

"Inconsistent payment guidance" from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has resulted in erroneous payments for X-ray, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging in hospital outpatient emergency departments in 2008, an Office of Inspector General audit has determined.

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Hospital Hosts On-Site Legal Aid Services

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 20, 2011

 Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City has launched a partnership with Legal Aid of Western Missouri that places an attorney and a paralegal in the hospital to help indigent patients address legal issues adversely impacting their health.

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Nurse Executives Focus on Complexity of Care Delivery

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, April 19, 2011

The average nurse is in cognitive overload, completing about 100 tasks per hour with an interruption every three minutes. At its annual meeting, the American Organization of Nurse Executives put the spotlight on the current nature of nursing work to see how care delivery can be reshaped.

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Do Decision Support Tools Make Docs Look Dumb?

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, April 19, 2011

Evidence suggests there's resistance to decision support technology among some physicians and patients. But eventually, clinicians won't have a choice about using evidence-based medicine and decision support in the exam room.

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Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care

By: April 4, 2011

Patient-centered healthcare IS accountable care— accountable for quality, for value, and for patient satisfaction. Join us on April 27 live from Griffin Hospital and Planetree, recognized pioneers in patient-centered care, with more actionable strategies from invited thought leaders at Sharp Memorial and the Maine Patient-Centered Medical Home Pilot.

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Webcast: Ratchet Up Physician Referrals: Proven Methods & Measures

By: April 14, 2011

At the heart of successful physician referral programs are relationships that result in buy-in, engagement, and alignment. How do you build those? And, how do you use data to prove your program's success to the C-suite? Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and case studies, for lessons and insights from marketing leaders with successful referral programs.

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Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era

By: April 14, 2011

Reform, reimbursement, and reintegration—a triple threat to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) or new opportunities for ROI? Join HealthLeaders Media for a 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, to learn how to increase the financial return of ASC operations from leaders with proven ambulatory care ROI.

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