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Friday, February 25, 2011

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Dartmouth Atlas Finds Vast Regional Differences in Medicare-Backed Elective Surgery Rates

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.

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MGH to Pay $1 Million to Settle 'Potential' HIPAA Violation

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

Massachusetts General Hospital has agreed to pay $1 million to settle  allegations it violated patient privacy laws when a hospital employee lost protected patient medical information on a Boston subway car.

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HHS Offers States $200M to Fight 'Unreasonable' Premium Hikes

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 25, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services says the money will bolster state programs to improve transparency and thoroughness in the review process for health insurance premium rate hikes.

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Medicare's Three-Day Payment Window, Demystified

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, February 25, 2011

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' three-day payment window rule has perplexed healthcare providers nationwide for two decades. Now an expert steps in to clarify what the rule means and how and when it applies.

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Health Coaching Plays Role in the ACO

By: Patrick T. Buckley, MPA, IHC, for HealthLeaders Media, February 24, 2011

The challenge most providers face with accountable care organizations is not just how to manage risk, but also how to assist and coach patients on making positive and sustained changes in their lifestyles.

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e-Autopsy: Kaiser Hospitals Dig In to Data to Assess Mortality

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

Using a hybrid manual and electronic mortality review incorporating input from specialists who have scrutinized medical charts,  Kaiser doctors are  building  precise timelines of what happened to patients who died in the hospital. The goal is to prevent death and/or improve end-of-life care.

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A Brain Surgeon's Guide to Hospital Reorganization

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, February 24, 2011

Roger J. Packer, MD, head of the division of child neurology at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, was thinking about multidisciplinary approaches long before they became the focus of many hospital strategies. Today the restructuring has virtually eliminated turf wars and increased profits.

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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.

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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.

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