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Friday, April 22, 2011

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MGMA: Physicians Taking On-call Compensation in Growing Numbers

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 22, 2011

More providers in 2010 said they received on-call compensation either daily or annually compared to years past. Invasive cardiologists reported the highest median daily rate, a Medical Group Management Association survey shows.

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Physician Quality Incentive Payments On the Rise

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, April 22, 2011

Incentive payments tied to Medicare pay-for-reporting programs topped $230 million in 2009, and participation has increased by 50% each year, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services report shows.

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ED Management Strategies Linked to Revenue Recovery

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 22, 2011

 Limiting the length of time patients are boarded in the emergency department and occasionally postponing elective surgeries can result in better care and higher hospital profits, researchers say.

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U.S. Healthcare Costs Climb 6.19% Over 12 Months

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 22, 2011

 While the average per capita cost of healthcare services grew more than six percent in the 12 months ending in February, Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices indicate that the rate of growth continues to decelerate.

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HMA Takes Controlling Interest in Physician-owned MS Hospital

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 22, 2011

When the deal is finalized, Health Management Associates will operate 60 hospitals, with approximately 9,000 licensed beds in 15 states. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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How Will Partnership for Patients Reduce Medical Harm?

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

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services hasn't yet explained much about how it intends to track success rates for its Partnership for Patients initiative, which aims to slash rates of hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions.

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ACS' Heartburn Over Editorial Lingers

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, April 21, 2011

The American College of Surgeons has a bad case of heartburn over a debacle involving the ill-chosen words of its newspaper editor and would-be president-elect. The pain has been aggravated by the virtual inaction of its board.

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Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care

By: April 4, 2011

Patient-centered healthcare IS accountable care— accountable for quality, for value, and for patient satisfaction. Join us on April 27 live from Griffin Hospital and Planetree, recognized pioneers in patient-centered care, with more actionable strategies from invited thought leaders at Sharp Memorial and the Maine Patient-Centered Medical Home Pilot.

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Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations

By: April 5, 2011

Neurological service line success is all about managing the collision of technology, research, and care coordination. Get strategies for managing the collision on May 18, live from Barrow Neurological Institute with invited thought leaders from St. John Providence Health System and St. Luke Hospital.

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Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era

By: April 14, 2011

Reform, reimbursement, and reintegration—a triple threat to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) or new opportunities for ROI? Join HealthLeaders Media for a 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, to learn how to increase the financial return of ASC operations from leaders with proven ambulatory care ROI.

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