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Friday, January 21, 2011


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S&P: US Healthcare Costs Up 6%, But Growth Slowing

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 21, 2011

The average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial health plans and Medicare programs rose 6.27% in the 12 months ending in November 2010, but the rate of growth continues to decelerate, Standard & Poor's said Thursday.

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CHF Patients May Fare Better, Pay More at High-Volume Hospitals

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 21, 2011

Hospitals with much experience treating CHF patients demonstrate lower patient mortality, fewer readmissions -- and higher costs -- than hospitals with fewer such patients, study says.

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House ACA Repeal Vote Gets Muted Response from Healthcare Lobbyists

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 21, 2011

The major healthcare sector lobbying groups that played a role in crafting and helping pass the Affordable Care Act into law last year offered a muted response to this week's Republican-led effort to repeal the law in the House.

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Healthcare Reform Spawns Daunting Regulations

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 13, 2011

The volume of new regulations required by healthcare reform legislation is daunting, but what has healthcare leaders especially concerned are the particulars, which are still under development.

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How Grumpy Patients Can Cost Hospitals Big Bucks

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

Patient experience is subjective, but survey data may show that patients from certain regions are easier to please than others. This matters because under proposed federal regulations, 30% of a hospital's value-based purchasing score will be weighted on patient experience scores.

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In Meaningful Use Reports, Quality Matters

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, January 20, 2011

The enrollment for meaningful use initiatives has begun, and for physicians that means a slew of requirements that must be met to gain the financial rewards attached. Before anyone starts counting their dollars, researchers offer advice on what meaningful use means in terms of "quality" reporting data.

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Webcast: Proven Strategies to Market Women's Services

By: December 16, 2010

Women are a vital audience to reach—is your marketing cutting it? As the primary healthcare decision-makers and the key to unlocking additional service audiences, you need up-to-date, effective marketing strategies to win women’s loyalty—thus, business—and expand your market share. Join HealthLeaders Media on January 31, at 1 p.m. (EST) for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, and learn from women’s health marketing experts. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9339&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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Webcast: Proven Strategies to Market Women's Services

By: December 16, 2010

Women are a vital audience to reach—is your marketing cutting it? As the primary healthcare decision-makers and the key to unlocking additional service audiences, you need up-to-date, effective marketing strategies to win women’s loyalty—thus, business—and expand your market share. Join HealthLeaders Media on January 31, at 1 p.m. (EST) for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, and learn from women’s health marketing experts. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9339&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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