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Friday, May 20, 2011

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CMS Plans ACO Learning Sessions

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 20, 2011

Accelerated development learning sessions are designed to educate physician group practices, independent practice associations, physician-hospital organizations, and integrated delivery systems about accountable care organizations, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced.

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HHS Issues Final Regulation on Health Insurance Rate Hikes

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 20, 2011

The final regulation for health insurance rate increases for the individual and small group markets will require insurers to publically disclose and justify any rate increase in excess of 10% under the Department of Health and Human Services regulation.

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5% of Hospital Costs Attributed to Maternal Care

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

 In 2008, the U.S. spent one of every $20 in hospital costs on care for the 94% of women who gave birth and had some sort of complication that year, an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report shows.


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Healthcare Costs Continue to Climb, but Rate Slows

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

The average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial insurance and Medicare grew 5.77% over the 12 months ending in March 2011, continuing a nearly year-long deceleration of cost growth, Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices show.

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Telestroke Considerations Go Beyond Technology

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, May 19, 2011

Through emerging pathways, hospitals are seeking to improve patient care in telestroke programs with technology as a key factor. But healthcare leaders express concern that while IT is important, partnerships and collaboration are essential for any telehealth program to succeed.

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Surgical Survival Predictors May Be Next Big Quality Metric

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 19, 2011

What's next for value-based purchasing metrics, hospital transparency, and quality scoring? A healthcare performance coalition suggests hospitals and health systems may be rushing to improve predictors of death during hospitalization.

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Webcast: Beyond Medicare Shared Savings: Effective ACO & Clinical Integration Strategies

By: May 4, 2011

Go beyond the ACO regs furor to uncover commercial and Medicare alternatives for your ACO strategy. Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, for a deep dive with leading experts savvy on the legal and business operation of ACOs in commercial markets and CMS programs other than Medicare Shared Savings. LINK:

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Rounds: Coordinating Systems of Care

By: May 4, 2011

Whether your hospital system is pursuing an accountable care organization or a broader program of clinical integration, the real work of creating high-value, cost-effective healthcare is in transforming the systems of care. But the solutions may not be as big and unmanageable as you think. Join us live or via live webcast from Gundersen Lutheran Health System with Gundersen’s clinical and executive leadership team and invited guest Fairview Health Services, two of the nation’s health system pioneers in high-quality, lower-cost healthcare. LINK:

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