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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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MedPAC Releases SGR Repeal Proposal

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

Congress should repeal the controversial Sustainable Growth Rate, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission says in a draft proposal. To offset an estimated $300 billion in losses, primary care physicians' pay would be frozen for 10 years and payments to about 30 other healthcare services and professions would be trimmed.

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Trauma Survival Study Reveals Racial Disparities

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

Trauma patients of all races have a better chance of survival if they receive care at a trauma center in a hospital that treats primarily non-minority patients, researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine find. Systemic issues with the hospitals may be at play, they suggest.

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Engagement a Key Theme at ASHHRA Convention

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

Employee engagement; physician engagement; patient engagement; leadership engagement: The American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration annual convention in Phoenix saw more talk of engagement than the Viva Las Vegas Chapel on Valentine's Day.

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Financial Leaders On a Double-Dip Recession

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, September 19, 2011

At the inaugural CFO Exchange last week, nearly 30 healthcare financial leaders from across the country gathered to discuss how they’re addressing the many healthcare challenges they face today. Their thoughts on the possibility of a double-dip recession? Less than optimistic.

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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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