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Monday, November 22, 2010

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Health Reform Endangers Independent Physician Practices

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 22, 2010

Healthcare reform will likely mean the end of full-time, independent, private practitioners accepting third-party payments, according to a report. Seventy-four percent of physicians surveyed say they will retire, work part-time, or close their practices to new patients has healthcare reform continues.

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Berwick Takes Shots, Defends Medicare Cuts at Congressional Hearing

By: Jeff Elliott, for HealthLeaders Media, November 22, 2010

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick has answered tough questions from Senate Finance Committee members about potential conflicts of interest and how CMS will pay for many programs outlined by ACA.

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ACO Management Depends on IT

By: Tom Enders, Jordan Battani and Walt Zywiak, for HealthLeaders Media, November 19, 2010

No matter what shape accountable care organizations take, information technology—such as real-time chats, EHR kiosks, and social media—will be necessary to provide connectivity and the decision support to manage the continuum of care.

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NP Back Pain Assessment Shortens Wait Time

By: HealthLeaders Media Staff, November 22, 2010

Nurse practitioners may help reduce wait times without impairing the quality of care. Ninety-six percent of patients with back problems were satisfied with the assessment carried out by a specially trained nurse practitioner, according to a study in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.

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Senate Delays SGR Cuts One Month

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 19, 2010

Medicare's 25% physician pay cut scheduled to take effect Dec. 1 has been postponed for another 30 days, until Jan. 1, under a two-part agreement signed by ranking Senate Finance Committee chairmen.

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$18M Fiber Optic Network to Open in NE

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 19, 2010

The Rural Nebraska Healthcare Network will connect nine primary care hospitals and dozens of affiliated clinics creating one of the most advanced and robust medical technology networks in Nebraska.

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Intelligence Report: Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions

By: November 15, 2010

Brand-new research shows that 64% of healthcare leaders expect an increase in M&A activity between acute care hospitals and both diagnostic imaging and ambulatory surgery centers. As the transaction tide continues to rise, the newest HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report, Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions: Opportunities and Challenges, reveals key insights to help keep you afloat.

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Hoping for Repeal is Not a Strategy

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, November 19, 2010

I'm up to my neck in surveys lately here at HealthLeaders Media. The report I'm working on now regards the level of readiness health systems have when it comes to health reform law. There's one striking conclusion: Some of you are pinning your hopes for your organization's long-term well-being on repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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