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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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Senators Urge White House to Withdraw ACO Proposal

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

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should withdraw its proposed rules governing accountable care organizations in part because of expensive start-up costs required, seven Republican lawmakers say in a letter to the Obama Administration.

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NY Mulls Physician 'Dress Code Council' Bill

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

A bill in the New York State Legislature would establish a hygienic dress code council to advise on whether banning certain clothing and accessories in healthcare settings could prevent infections.

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Medicare Fund Gets an Independent Actuarial Review

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

An independent actuarial study of the Medicare Trustees Report presented to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this month projects sharp cost increases by 2012, and difficulties in achieving sustainable long-term reductions in spending on hospital services.

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Healthcare Workers Delaying Retirement

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

The largest decline in retirement rates among all workforce sectors is found in the healthcare industry. Across the board, though, mature workers in high-paying occupations are more likely to delay retirement than workers in low-paying ones, research shows.

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Patient Classification Systems Address Nurse Staffing Balance

By: Susan Stone, PhD, RN, and Ruth Plumb, MSN, RN, for HealthLeaders Media, May 24, 2011

A patient classification system applies an evidence-based approach enabling hospitals to assign, match, and schedule nurses where they are needed the most, experts say.

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Technology Revs Up Revenue

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, May 24, 2011

Wouldn't it be nice if someone gave you $206,817.63—simply because you asked for it? Well, that's more or less what happened at the Houston-based Richmond Bone & Joint Clinic.

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ENA Aims to Prevent Violence Against Nurses

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, May 24, 2011

The Emergency Nurses Association is engaged in a multi-year study to examine workplace violence against emergency department nurses and offers tools to help hospitals create systems to combat violence.

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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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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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