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Thursday, May 23, 2013

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$6.4B Henry Ford, Beaumont Merger Failed on Cultural Hurdles

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 23, 2013

A merger between two Michigan healthcare providers has been called off because of stark differences between them, observers say. Differences include the patient populations they each serve and the organizations' physician compensation models.

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Less Blood Testing for Some Surgeries Safe, Cost Effective

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 23, 2013

The ordering and testing of blood for surgery that rarely requires blood transfusions is expensive and "overutilized" by hospitals, researchers say. At Johns Hopkins alone, more appropriate blood ordering practices could save $200,000 a year.

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Fortunately, Angelina Jolie Isn't On Medicare

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 22, 2013

Most large private payers cover testing for a genetic marker indicating inherited breast cancer risk and will pay for associated prophylactic surgery. But Medicare has no national coverage decision for the test or for preventive mastectomy.

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Hospital Pricing Transparency a Marketing Game Changer

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, May 22, 2013

While hospital and health system marketers have traditionally been charged chiefly with touting the qualities of their healthcare services, the exposure of pricing data adds a level of complexity to the marketing mix.

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Q&A: Rural Health Practitioner of the Year, Larry Rhodes, MD

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 22, 2013

West Virginia pediatric cardiologist Larry Rhodes, MD, speaks passionately about his work at three community outreach clinics. "It is always easy to hide under the guise of 'this is for patient care,' but the best days of the month for me are when I am in my truck driving to one of these clinics."

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Webcast: Patient-Centered Care Transitions for Better Quality, Costs, and Readmissions

By: April 29, 2013

Date: May 29, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Join quality and care experts from Griffin Hospital and Sarasota Memorial Health Care System as they examine the increased focus on care transitions as healthcare organizations prepare for value-based care.

Register Today

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NEW Roundtable: Capital Finance and Industry Consolidation

By: May 13, 2013

Senior executives from SSM Healthcare, Fletcher-Allen Healthcare, the Medical Center of Central Georgia, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch discuss the major influencers of industry consolidation—including capital access, market needs, financial support, and growth opportunities.

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