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Monday, May 23, 2011

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Senator Urges FTC to Examine Link Between Drug Shortages, Pharma Consolidation

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 23, 2011

Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl wants the Federal Trade Commission to examine the impact that consolidation in the pharmaceutical industry may be having on the availability of prescription drugs to hospitals and patients.

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ONC Announces Exams for HIT Pros

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 23, 2011

Health information technology examinations will measure professionals' skill levels in clinician/practitioner consulting, implementation management, and practice workflow among other abilities, the Office of the National Coordinator has announced.

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Quest Settles $241M Whistleblower Case

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 23, 2011

Quest Diagnostics, California's largest provider of medical lab testing, has agreed to pay the state $241 million to settle a 2005 whistleblower lawsuit that it illegally overcharged Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program.

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ACO or Not, Fairview Builds Shared Savings into All Payer Contracts

By: Jim Molpus, for HealthLeaders Media, May 23, 2011

Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services has taken a model for shared savings and quality improvements and gradually embedded the concepts into all of its commercial insurance contracts.

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CMS Listening, Trying with Adjustments to ACO Rules

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, May 20, 2011

After only a month and a half of carping, hospital and health system leaders have already pushed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to at least partially change the requirements of participating in an accountable care organization.

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Webcast: Beyond Medicare Shared Savings: Effective ACO & Clinical Integration Strategies

By: May 4, 2011

Go beyond the ACO regs furor to uncover commercial and Medicare alternatives for your ACO strategy. Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, for a deep dive with leading experts savvy on the legal and business operation of ACOs in commercial markets and CMS programs other than Medicare Shared Savings. LINK:

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Rounds: Coordinating Systems of Care

By: May 4, 2011

Whether your hospital system is pursuing an accountable care organization or a broader program of clinical integration, the real work of creating high-value, cost-effective healthcare is in transforming the systems of care. But the solutions may not be as big and unmanageable as you think. Join us live or via live webcast from Gundersen Lutheran Health System with Gundersen’s clinical and executive leadership team and invited guest Fairview Health Services, two of the nation’s health system pioneers in high-quality, lower-cost healthcare. LINK:

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