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Thursday, May 26, 2011

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MGMA: 56% of First-Year Physicians Get Signing Bonuses

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 26, 2011

While a physician's first-year compensation depends upon geography, specialty-care physicians in multispecialty practices earn nearly $20,000 more than those in single-specialty practices, a Medical Group Management Association survey shows.

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Johns Hopkins, Walgreens Partner on Improving Health Outcomes

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 26, 2011

The academic medical center and the drugstore chain say they will collaborate on population-based research and jointly develop protocols to improve outcomes of patients with chronic diseases.

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Patient Safety Checklists Now Law in NV

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 26, 2011

Legislation requires Nevada hospitals and other medical facilities to develop patient safety checklists, review them annually, and revise as necessary.

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Civista Health System to Affiliate with UMMS

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 26, 2011

After two years of operating under a management agreement, Civista Health has signed a deal that will seal its membership in the University of Maryland Medical System.

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Healthcare Mobile Apps Made Easy

By: Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, May 25, 2011

Developing healthcare apps for smartphones or iPads does not have to break the bank and can extend marketing outreach globally. Experts give tips for marketers interested in developing healthcare applications for mobile devices.

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Wanted: General Surgeons in Rural Regions

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, May 25, 2011

There is a dire need for rural-focused general surgery tracks within residency programs, but it's not just a medical school problem. It's a problem for hospital leaders, too, and ties in with the financial viability of services provided at rural hospitals.

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Oral Cancer Drugs Deserve Parity

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

Oral cancer drugs account for 25% to 35% of the drugs in the cancer drug pipeline. But their high costs are causing some cancer patients to avoid them. It's time for health plans to treat these drugs like injectable cancer-fighting medications.

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Webcast: Alternative ACO 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. Register today.

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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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