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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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U.S. Overpaying for Veterans' Healthcare

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 26, 2012

The federal government is paying twice to provide the same care for veterans, once through capitated rates to Medicare Advantage plans, and again to finance the VA healthcare system, a study finds.

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Indiana Hospital Files for Chapter 11

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

Saint Catherine Regional Hospital in Charlestown, IN is the second hospital operated by Saint Catherine Healthcare, LLC to file a financial petition since April. The 60-bed hospital owes an estimated $8.3 million in to its 20 largest creditors, according to court documents.

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Reducing 30-day Readmissions, Simply

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, June 25, 2012

Hospital readmissions are costly, but simple care coordination programs are proving to be successful in achieving reductions. One proponent says care coordination does not require expensive equipment, "just a restructuring of personnel into teams and the creation and use of standardized care checklists."

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Healthcare Shows High Job Growth, Low Productivity

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

Healthcare, expected to create 5.6 million new jobs by 2020, is among the least productive sectors of the economy, says the lead author of a Georgetown University study. It projects that the demand for healthcare services will grow twice as fast as the national economy over the next eight years.

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Breakthroughs Report: Strategic Solutions for the Readmissions Challenge

By: June 26, 2012

Successfully preventing readmissions requires many players to fill the gaps in the care continuum. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, we examine how four leading health systems—Griffin Hospital, Parkview Health, Sarasota Memorial HealthCare System, and UPMC Hamot—are moving the needle.

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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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