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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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NPA Names 'Top 5' Cost Drivers in Primary Care

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

A National Physicians Alliance project has compiled a list of potentially unnecessary cost drivers for primary care that -- if limited -- could improve cost and efficiency, it says.

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Lower Risk of Death Linked to Optimism in Heart Patients

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

Optimism is a "powerful drug" that "compares favorably with highly effective medical therapies," researchers say, raising the issue of whether physicians should make an effort to promote the positive when they must deliver bad diagnostic news.

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Federal Employees Union Raps VA Exec Bonuses

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

Managers in Veterans Affairs hospitals and benefits offices are paid "exorbitant bonuses" while frontline employees have to stretch resources, The American Federation of Government Employees claims.

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Telling the Patient No

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

Through bundled payment plans, hospitals and other healthcare providers will be penalized for ordering tests, procedures, and other items that the evidence shows to be unnecessary. Physicians will have to get comfortable saying "no" to patients.

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Our Healthcare Future is Innovation: Climb Aboard

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, May 23, 2011

Healthcare leaders lack a clear pathway for how to make healthcare outcomes and quality better, and to do so in a financially viable manner. The lack of a clear solution, or bundle of solutions, is felt acutely, but innovation may be the missing link.

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Ready or Not, Healthcare HR is Going Strategic

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

In many hospitals and health systems HR remains an afterthought in the C-suite. But a wave of changes such as growing shortages of skilled professionals, and the linking of patient satisfaction scores to reimbursements will prompt a reassessment of HR in strategic planning.

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Webcast: Blueprint for an Integrated and Alignment-Driven Physician Compensation Plan

By: April 14, 2011

With the advent of the accountable care organization and reimbursement shifts from pay for performance to bundled payments, physician compensation plans must do more than ensure fair compensation for physicians. Join HealthLeaders Media for a 60-minute audio conference, including Q&A, to learn how to craft compensation plans for integration and alignment.

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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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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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