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Monday, June 25, 2012

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AHA Rejects Proposed Readmission Penalties

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 25, 2012

In a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the American Hospital Association objects to several parts of the proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule, saying federal officials "ignored Congress's intent" in drafting the regulations.

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AHIP: Gawande, Gladwell on Healthcare's Chauffeur Problem

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 25, 2012

At the America's Health Insurance Plans conference, Atul Gawande, MD, and author Malcolm Gladwell offer opposing views of the so-called "chauffeur model" of healthcare delivery, whereby medical services and technologies are dispensed by an intermediary, and don't progress to customer autonomy.

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Healthcare Business Survival Depends on Managing Uncertainty

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, June 22, 2012

The concept of managed uncertainty is not new to most industries, but healthcare's current business model requires big capital bets in a regulated revenue environment that's very short-term focused. Uncertainty plays havoc. It's time to plot how you'll respond to various scenarios.

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LIVE Webcast: Prevent 30-Day Readmissions

By: May 25, 2012

Date: June 27, 2012 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Learn readmissions approaches that work from speakers at leading healthcare systems. You'll leave this interactive webcast with strategies to standardize care protocols for cardiac and pneumonia patients, improve federal funding for these initiatives, and assess and assign patient risk for readmission, including Medicare FFS patients.

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Breakthroughs Report: The Promise of Healthcare Analytics

By: June 25, 2012

Healthcare is rich in data. Regulators, researchers, and managers collect multitudes of clinical indicators on patients, procedures, physicians, staff, facilities, and equipment. The challenge for healthcare organizations is to make sense of the morass of clinical, financial, and operational information generated. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, four leading healthcare organizations—Brigham and Women's Hospital, St. Luke's University Health Network, Charleston Area Medical Center, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina—share insights and lessons learned.

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