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Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Personalized Cancer Treatments Approach Tipping Point

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, September 27, 2012

Significant cost reductions for genome sequencing are bringing personalized medicine into better focus. But payers are lagging and providers may struggle to build up the necessary infrastructure before it becomes the standard of care.

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Rounds: Will Health Systems Do Anything About Health?

By: Jim Molpus, for HealthLeaders Media, September 27, 2012

Hospital and health system financial executives recognize that the strategic choice facing their organizations is whether they will evolve their focus from sick care to health care. Many are looking to the example set by Kaiser Permanente.

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CBO Scoring Shortchanges Preventive Healthcare Spending

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

The advantages of preventive healthcare spending for chronic diseases do not always fit neatly into the projection models used by the Congressional Budget Office. Two members of Congress are jointly proposing legislation to change that.

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Medicare-Dependent Hospital Payments to Expire Oct. 1

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 26, 2012

A critical funding source for the 212 rural hospitals classified as Medicare-dependent will expire in a few weeks. A pending bipartisan bill could renew funding for one year. But a long-term fix will be tougher to get.

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Upside of Hospital Downsizing is More Focused Care

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, September 26, 2012

Salt Lake City's LDS Hospital lost 200 beds and some of its key services. But it gained much by improving its remaining services and working to create "care as individual as each patient."  

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Webcast: Avoid 30-Day Readmissions, Improve Care Transitions

By: September 17, 2012

Date: October 25, 2012, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

Get the tools you need to align care transitions, prevent bounce-back readmissions, and improve overall quality of care, from subacute and postacute experts at Southwest Ohio Care Transitions Collaborative and University of Michigan Health System Sub-Acute Care Rehabilitation Program. This webcast reveals the latest continuum management strategies and proven tactics to align partners, physicians, and nurses so that everyone can agree to a set of care protocols that improve quality of care.

Register Today

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Webcast: Reboot for ICD-10—Lessons from UnitedHealth Group

By: August 24, 2012

Date: Oct. 22, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

With the implementation deadline confirmed, the transition to ICD-10 shifts into high gear. Now providers and payers must prepare quickly. Learn from UnitedHealth Group and other coding experts how to assess your organization's existing structure, create a transition process, and move toward compliance while meeting risk and cost constraints.

Register Today

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