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Health Insurers Betting on Urgent Care Centers

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 28, 2012

As insurers seek ways to control the price point at the entry level of the healthcare system, health plans such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Pittsburgh are turning to developing urgent care center networks.

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1 in 3 Providers Avoid Flu Shots as Stakes Rise

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 28, 2012

Federal pay-for-reporting rules will require hospitals to submit influenza vaccination rates next year. The goal is to immunize 90% healthcare workers, but many hospitals and health systems are in danger of falling short.

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Physicians, Insurers Clash Over Medical Necessity in CA

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

Physicians and insurers in California are at legal loggerheads over questions about what constitutes proper medical treatment, and over the definition of a medical necessity. The conflict may have consequences nationwide.

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Take 'Healthcare 101' and See the Doctor

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 27, 2012

Here's a modest proposal: Make health consumers take a healthcare class to receive care. The accredited patient would understand the healthcare business and his or her critical role in ensuring good, appropriate treatment.

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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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Rounds: Kaiser Permanente's Model for Total Health

By: September 10, 2012

Date: Oct. 16, 2012, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (ET)

Kaiser Permanente leaders explore how they successfully leverage information technology, social media, and community-based health programs to empower people to improve their own health. Get real-world solutions, including how to use web tools and social media to create effective linkages between physicians and members; create community outreach programs; and understand the higher role of HIT in coordinating care.

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