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Monday, July 25, 2011

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AAFP Calls For Revisions to RVU Formula

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 25, 2011

The relative value unit formula, which determines physicians' pay, is based on work, practice expenses, and malpractice costs. The American Academy of Family Physicians wants 'cognitive value' to be a consideration.

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Kaiser Genotypes 100,000 Members

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, July 25, 2011

Kaiser Permanente has completed the first phase of a genomics project in which 100,000 members have contributed their DNA for studies into conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancers, and age-related diseases.

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Understanding Bundled Payments

By: Wade Johannessen, PhD, Director, Sg2, for HealthLeaders Media, July 22, 2011

The alignment of incentives in bundled payments provides an opportunity to encourage and reward providers for working collaboratively to put the patient first and deliver the highest-quality, most cost-effective care.

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Low Health Literacy Links to Healthcare Spending Confirmed

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 25, 2011

An analysis of 96 studies confirms that low rates of health literacy are linked to more emergency care and hospitalizations.

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Hospitals Are Quick to Gobble Up Talent

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, July 22, 2011

Hospitals are getting smarter about hiring the clinical help they need. They're getting more data and using that data to more effectively schedule when they need that talent. Per diem outsourcing may have seen its best days.

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Webcast: Creating an ACO Marketing Language

By: June 21, 2011

Date: July 27, 2011
About: As a marketer, you need to learn the new paradigm of managing population health vs. growing patient volume in a traditional environment. Advance your understanding of how to align ACO marketing with business needs, as well as market accountability to providers, and ultimately your community. LINK:

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Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs

By: June 13, 2011

Date: August 16, 2011
What: Attend on-site or participate via live webcast.
About: Get accountable care strategies from ACO pioneers Norton Healthcare, Humana, and Palmetto Health--first movers who already have experienced the challenges of building a new framework for healthcare delivery.

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