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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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AMA Affirms Support for Individual Mandate

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

After two days of debate, the American Medical Association's House of Delegates voted to renew its support for the embattled portion of the Affordable Care Act that requires people who can afford health coverage to purchase it.

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Baptist, Emerus to Open 4 Emergency Hospitals in TX

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

Baptist Health System will own and Emerus will manage the San Antonio-area, free-standing emergency hospitals, which will cost $10 million each and have 10 inpatient beds apiece.

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Sponge Solution Remains Elusive

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

Technology and checklists may play a role in eliminating retained surgical items, and appreciation of cognitive psychology can make a measureable difference, but retained sponges remain a problem.

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AMA: 1 in 5 Insurance Claims Bungled

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

Health insurers score low marks in the American Medical Association's annual National Health Insurer Report Card, which looks at timeliness and accuracy of claims processing at Medicare and seven of the largest health insurers including : Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, CIGNA, Humana, and UnitedHealth Group.

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Social Networking Researcher Studies Physicians, Influence

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

 A Harvard researcher believes social network mapping could help identify physicians who can influence their colleagues in terms of prescribing drugs, coordinating care, and following evidence-based practice guidelines.

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How to Start Trimming Labor Costs

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, June 20, 2011

Payroll leaks are the unintentional overspending on labor through lost productivity or unnecessary overtime—and they are good place to look for little losses that add up. Working together, finance and human resource leaders can make a big difference.

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5 Strategies to Combat Health Reform Pressures

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

Health plan executives at the annual conference for America's Health Insurance Plans outline their major challenges and offer coping strategies in a session on predicting and managing change.

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Webcast: Transform Your ED into a Profit Center

By: June 13, 2011

Date: June 23, 2011
What: Get in-the-trenches management tools and techniques to grow your ED's bottom line. Learn how Heartland Health revamped processes and increased revenue from $15 million to $33.5 million and turned its ED into a profit center with a 40% margin. 

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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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