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Thursday, September 22, 2011

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CDC Issues Draft Guidelines for Testing Donor Transplant Organs

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

In an effort to curb the potential transmission of HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revised its transplant screening guidelines for hospitals.

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HHS Gives States $109M to Bolster Premium Hike Oversight

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

The Department of Health and Human Services releases funds and  a report that details how previous rate review grants are fighting premium hikes and helping make the health insurance marketplace more transparent for consumers.

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Private Sector ACO Models Rooted in Rugged Individualism

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, September 13, 2011

While the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' ACO regulations are receiving lots of attention, many organizations are getting innovative and figuring out how to become more efficient and provide better quality care on their own.

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MGMA: Docs Trim Practice Expenses, But Operating Costs Soar

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

Data from the Medical Group Management Association shows that since 2001, general operating costs for medical practices have increased nearly 53%, exceeding revenue gains in the decade.

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Jury's Still Out On QR Codes

By: Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, September 21, 2011

Quick Response codes are a way to connect a print campaign with an online campaign, while tracking the results.  They're undeniably quirky and can spark curiosity, but healthcare marketing professionals are still evaluating the effectiveness of this technology.

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Collaborative Saves Employers $11M in Healthcare Costs Over 3 Years

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

A three-year pilot program for employers underscores the cost benefits of offering preventive care treatments without copays, waiving copays for medication to treat chronic conditions, and offering wellness incentives to employees.

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How CEOs Are Engaging EMS to Help Reduce Costs

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, September 21, 2011

In the community paramedic model, patients are referred to Emergency Medical Services personnel by their primary care physician in order to receive services in the home, such as hospital discharge follow-up, blood draws, medication reconciliation, and wound care. This helps hospitals, providers, and communities reduce costs and keep patients healthier.

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Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes

By: August 23, 2011

Date: October 26, 2011
About: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast. Host Denver Health with invited guest Virtua share how to make continuous quality improvement with a focus on bottom-line value part of your institutional culture and process. LINK:

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