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MN Physician Groups Rated by Consumer Reports

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 29, 2012

The consumer publication measured and ranked how well each of 552 doctors' practices in Minnesota manage their patients with diabetes and heart disease. The data evaluated is required to be reported by physicians under state law.

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Healthcare Business Models Clash with Reforms

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 29, 2012

While healthcare executives responding to a KPMG Healthcare survey say they expect major changes in the way healthcare is delivered and paid for in the next five years, they also indicate that the fee-for-service model is far from dead.

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MU Stage 2 Final Rule Elicits Few Cheers

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 29, 2012

Stakeholders may still be parsing through the 672-page rule, but while it is already garnering support among the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, the reaction is more subdued among provider groups.

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Final MU 2 Rules Will Significantly Ratchet Up Vendor Costs

By: Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, August 28, 2012

A lot needs to happen before certified products are ready to be purchased and installed by providers, hospitals, and physicians. But vendor capacity is low and demand is high, so brace yourself for the inevitable economic consequences.

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Nurse-Led Clinics Battle Readmissions

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, August 28, 2012

Free clinics and programs staffed largely by nurses play a simple, but powerful role in reducing hospitalizations and readmissions, saving money, and keeping patients healthy. The benefit isn't only for patients.

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Intelligence Report: Patient Experience and HCAHPS—Little Consensus on a Top Priority

By: August 9, 2012

While 84% of health leaders rank "patient experience" among their top three priorities, less than half of them are making patient experience-specific investments. This original research and analysis, produced with support from Medseek, offers key insight from top healthcare executives, including new case studies from CaroMont Health, Gundersen Lutheran Health System, Inc., and Provena Health.

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Rounds: Sustainable Patient-Centered Excellence—Lessons From Sharp HealthCare

By: July 30, 2012

Date: September 5, 2012, 9:00–12:00 p.m. PT

Sharp HealthCare leaders reveal the secrets that have enabled them to turn their patient-centered care initiative into a sustainable program that's ingrained in the culture, improves outcomes, and grows stronger over time. By combining their Sharp Experience performance improvement initiative with the Planetree Patient-Centered Care Model, they have built an organization of sustainable patient-centered excellence like no other.

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