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CHF Readmission Prevention Efforts Costly for Hospital

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 27, 2011

A transitional care intervention program for congestive heart failure patients at a Texas hospital reduced readmissions by 48%, but because Medicare did not pay the average $1,100 cost per patient, the facility lost money.

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CMS IDs Improper Payments, Top Regional RAC Issues

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, July 27, 2011

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has identified corrections to overpayments and underpayments in excess of $289 million in the Q3 FY 2011 update – more than $100 million more than in the previous quarter.

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Economist Links Higher ER Spending to Lower Mortality

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 27, 2011

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology study finds that an increase of about $4,000 in hospital expenditures per cardiac patient leads to a 1.4 percentage-point decrease in the mortality rate. But the study does not differentiate between effective and ineffective ways to spend.

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Scripps Receives Record $45 Million For Heart Center

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 27, 2011

The largest philanthropic gift in its history will help Scripps Health in San Diego finance a $456 million cardiovascular center on its Scripps Memorial Hospital campus in La Jolla.

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ICD-10 Is Gonna Cost Me How Much?

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, July 26, 2011

Healthcare leaders think the cost of implementing ICD-10 will be low and the potential loss of revenue will be high. Why aren't hospitals getting on with it?

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CA Nurse Staffing Law Generates More Debate

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, July 26, 2011

Nursing unions are angling for mandatory nurse staffing laws, like the one in California. But it's clear that the staffing ratio debate will only heat up as hospitals feel the first effects of value-based purchasing, which puts a price tag on quality and patient experience.

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Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs

By: June 13, 2011

Date: August 16, 2011
What: Attend on-site or participate via live webcast.
About: Get accountable care strategies from ACO pioneers Norton Healthcare, Humana, and Palmetto Health--first movers who already have experienced the challenges of building a new framework for healthcare delivery.

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Intelligence Report: Better Care and the Bottom Line

By: June 21, 2011

54% of leaders say that ACOs will be successful in coordinating care and driving down overall costs, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis.

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