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Thursday, July 21, 2011

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CMS to Perform Rate Reviews in 10 States

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, July 21, 2011

Ten states have been notified that the Center for Medicaid & Medicare Services will be taking over responsibility for reviewing certain health insurance premiums increases proposed by insurers in their states.

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While VA Wrong Surgery Rates Drop, Close Calls Rise

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

The rate of serious adverse events involving wrong surgeries in the Veteran's Health Administration's medical centers has been dropping, but failure to standardize critical clinical processes is still the biggest reason for their occurrence and close calls are increasing.

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Top PCMH Challenge? Coordinating Care with Referral Docs

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

A Medical Group Management Association survey shows that most practices want to become patient-centered medical homes. But achieving accreditation poses a number of challenges.

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Adventist Health Restructures, Forms Hospital Network

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

Adventist Health has restructured its regional operations to create a five-hospital network in northern California designed to expand services and coordinate care in the region.

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ACOs Widen Marketing's Scope

By: Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, July 20, 2011

As organizations adopt accountability strategies in anticipation of healthcare reform, traditional healthcare marketing practices must expand to address a wider audience.

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IPAB Pushback Centers on Power, Politics

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

As the focus of two recent congressional hearings, the Independent Payment Advisory Board, charged with controlling Medicare costs, is generating lots of debate but little action. And against the current backdrop of debt ceiling negotiations, its future is uncertain.

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Rural Health Funding Gets Boost via Provider Partnerships

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, July 20, 2011

Centura Health is the first partner in a program that will provide funding for quality improvement services for rural healthcare facilities throughout the state of Colorado.

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Webcast: Creating an ACO Marketing Language

By: June 21, 2011

Date: July 27, 2011
About: As a marketer, you need to learn the new paradigm of managing population health vs. growing patient volume in a traditional environment. Advance your understanding of how to align ACO marketing with business needs, as well as market accountability to providers, and ultimately your community. LINK:

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Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs

By: June 13, 2011

Date: August 16, 2011
What: Attend on-site or participate via live webcast.
About: Get accountable care strategies from ACO pioneers Norton Healthcare, Humana, and Palmetto Health--first movers who already have experienced the challenges of building a new framework for healthcare delivery.

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