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Thursday, April 26, 2012

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Healthcare M&As: Volume Up; Value Down

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, April 26, 2012

The technology sector accounted for nearly half of all merger and acquisition activity—and 70% of the dollar value—in the first quarter of 2012.  But the number of deals for labs, MRIs, and dialysis business has plummeted, possibly reflecting declining reimbursements.

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Medicaid Contractors Struggle to Identify Overpayments

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, April 26, 2012

Audit Medicaid Integrity Contractors are having a difficult time identifying overpayments, says a report from the Office of Inspector General. It suggests the problem may be with the data used and analysis conducted to identify audit targets.

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IPPS Proposed Rule Detailed

By: Michelle A. Leppert, for HealthLeaders Media, April 26, 2012

Inpatient acute care hospitals could see a 2.3 percent increase in payment rates under the fiscal year 2013 Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule.

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Hospital Headlines Color Public Perception

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 25, 2012

At a time when consumers are angry about rising healthcare costs and politicians are looking for scapegoats, a spate of unfavorable media attention on hospitals underscores the vital importance of perception—regardless of reality.

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Healthcare Community Engagement Roles Here to Stay

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, April 25, 2012

Bon Secours created a community engagement role in order to innovate how the health system interacts with patients, employees, and physicians. Nearly three years later, the position has evolved to span what it calls the meaningful use of social technology—that is, what the health system can do to affect population health.

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Why Kill the Medicare Advantage Demo?

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

While the GAO is critical of the Medicare Advantage Demo plan, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has developed an effective self-regulating plan that has engaged the health plan industry and spurred quality improvement efforts.

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Webcast: Lower Costs, Boost Productivity in Your Emergency Department

By: April 2, 2012

Date: April 30, 2012
About: Increase emergency department throughput with proven cost-reduction and efficiency improvement strategies from three ED leaders at BestPractices, Ochsner Medical Center, and Banner Estrella Medical Center. This customizable webcast allows you to pre-submit speaker questions to guide the discussion and ensure you get the answers your organization needs.

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Rounds: 4 Steps to Lasting Clinical Excellence from Henry Ford Health System

By: April 12, 2012

Date: May 1, 2012
About: Join HealthLeaders Media and host Henry Ford Health System for a live and simulcast three-hour leadership event and learn new fundamentals for patient safety, readmissions, integration, and process improvement. Access our FREE event case study now, then register for the event to receive exclusive content.

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