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Thursday, September 20, 2012

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MLR Waiver Bill Would Shift Power to States

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 20, 2012

A key provision in a bill set to go before a House committee would give states the final say on medical loss ratio waiver requests. But one critic says, "Most state insurance offices don't have the capacity to do the necessary market analysis."

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Healthcare a Seedbed for Analytics Research

By: Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, September 20, 2012

The healthcare industry, which has long trailed other industries in its use of analytics, is a leader in research on natural language processing, artificial intelligence, and genomics, fueling advances in areas such as decision support.

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5 Big Ideas from WellPoint's PCMH Pilot

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 19, 2012

As the health insurer launches its nationwide patient-centered medical home program across its commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid lines of business, a WellPoint executive shares what the company has learned so far.

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Obesity Fight Needs Non-traditional Partners

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 19, 2012

Studies have shown success in using cooperative extension offices as venues for treating obesity among rural populations, but the idea is embraced neither by rural providers nor extension services.

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4 Reasons Hospitals Must Dive Into Social Media

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, September 19, 2012

New York City's Continuum Health Partners recently dove head first into the social media waters. Its story proves why hospitals must welcome Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other platforms into their marketing strategy.

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Webcast: Avoid 30-Day Readmissions, Improve Care Transitions

By: September 17, 2012

Date: October 25, 2012, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

Get the tools you need to align care transitions, prevent bounce-back readmissions, and improve overall quality of care, from subacute and postacute experts at Southwest Ohio Care Transitions Collaborative and University of Michigan Health System Sub-Acute Care Rehabilitation Program. This webcast reveals the latest continuum management strategies and proven tactics to align partners, physicians, and nurses so that everyone can agree to a set of care protocols that improve quality of care.

Register Today

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Rounds: Kaiser Permanente's Model for 'Total Health'

By: September 10, 2012

Date: October 16, 2012, 12:00–3:00 p.m. (ET)

Kaiser Permanente leaders explore how they successfully leverage information technology, social media, and community-based health programs to empower people to improve their own health. Get real-world solutions, including how to use web tools and social media to create effective linkages between physicians and members; create community outreach programs; and understand the higher role of HIT in coordinating care.

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