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Friday, May 27, 2011


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MU Payments Yield $75M Payday for EHR Participants

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 27, 2011

 Healthcare providers have collected $75 million in incentive payments by demonstrating meaningful use of electronic health records, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced.

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CMS Paid Medicare Drug Costs for Deceased Patients, Audit Reveals

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

The federal government paid $3.61 million to reimburse private drug plans the cost of prescriptions for Medicare patients who had died a month or more earlier, according to an audit by the U.S. Office of Inspector General.

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VT Governor Signs Single-Payer Bill

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 27, 2011

The bill signed into Vermont law sets forth a strategic plan for creating a single-payer health insurance and unified health system, but how it would be funded remains unresolved.

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PRMC Joins Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network

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

Maryland's Peninsula Regional Medical Center has joined the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network, a collaborative of academic researchers and community-based medical centers which expands patient access to clinical trials.

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Dartmouth Links Primary Care Quality to Actions, Not Numbers of Doctors

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

Compared to areas with high per capita numbers of primary care physicians, mortality and hospitalizations are significantly lower in areas where though there are fewer primary care doctors, they work full time taking care of patients in ambulatory care office or clinic settings, a Dartmouth study says.

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Add 'Healthcare Innovation Center' to Buzzwords List

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 26, 2011

Dozens of healthcare systems have created, or plan to spend millions to set up innovation centers. Some are even hiring chief innovation officers. Sure, the $10 billion in federal funding is driving momentum, but so is the promise of elevating the quality of healthcare.

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Patient Safety Needs a Rescue

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, May 26, 2011

Patient safety currently resides at the intersection of good intentions and astonishingly dismal results. Healthcare leaders need to stop blaming poor communication and leadership structures and get to work laying out a strategy to secure patient safety.

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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: http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/rounds/

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