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Thursday, February 24, 2011


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$3.2B Lawsuit Targets Medicare Underpayments

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, February 24, 2011

A class action suit filed by seven California counties and physicians aims to force the Department of Health and Human Services to correct the federal fee schedule, which the plaintiffs say is inequitable.

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Elective Surgery Decisions Vary by Community

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 24, 2011

Whether or not Medicare patients undergo elective surgery depends on where they live and their doctors, according to a report from the Dartmouth Atlas Project and the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making. The report is the first in a series analyzing preference-based surgery trends by individual states and regions.

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5 Ways Green Surgical Teams Save Hospitals Money

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, February 24, 2011

 It's no secret that healthcare facilities produce huge amounts of trash, specifically 6,600 tons per day, much of which ends up in landfills or in expensive disposal processes. But with a little thought and planning, hospitals can realize billions in savings, researchers say.

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DOJ, NBME Reach Settlement in ADA Complaint

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

The National Board of Medical Examiners has agreed to provide "reasonable testing accommodations" and remove other barriers for people with disabilities who want to take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination, the Department of Justice has announced.

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Patient Engagement Key to EMR Success

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 24, 2011

Hospitals are spending billions of dollars to achieve meaningful use of electronic medical records, but if patients don't use the new technology, hospitals may not reap the federal stimulus payments that await.

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Can ACOs Rescue Healthcare?

By: Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media, February 23, 2011

As we await federal guidelines on accountable care organizations, let's not forget what's behind the coming changes. The 'A' in ACO is for 'accountable,' as in, we stand by this diagnosis, this care plan, these billing codes.

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The Case for Rural Hospitals

By: Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media, February 23, 2011

A New England governor frets that hospitals are being overbuilt in his state. But an aging population and a nation trying to extricate itself from recession point to hospital expansion as a healthy source of revenue and job creation.

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Cities Collaborate to Build Healthcare Corridors

By: Doug Desjardins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 23, 2011

As recession-ravaged cities emerge from the recession, some are developing plans to create "healthcare corridors" that use public and private funds to promote local hospitals and medical centers in a cooperative marketing effort.

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Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform

By: February 14, 2011

Forward-thinking orthopedic leaders are ensuring high performance and coordination among a carefully constructed caregiver team. Those leaders are also exploring the right metrics to know whether the outcomes they are tracking are the most meaningful to patients. Join the executive and clinical leadership team from nationally renowned MemorialCare Health System and orthopedic innovator Marshall Steele, MD, on March 29 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/rounds/

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Healthcare Leaders Reveal Uncertainties About Industry Direction

By: February 16, 2011

Dedication to mission is strong and getting stronger, but just how to accomplish that mission is less certain, according to the just-released results of the 2011 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/industry_survey/

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