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MGMA: Proposed HIPAA Disclosures Rule 'Unworkable'

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 29, 2011

In its proposed form, the proposed "accounting of disclosures" HIPAA privacy rule would be a disincentive for physicians to install electronic health record systems, a Medical Group Management Association survey shows.

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HHS Officials Explain $47.9B in Improper Medicare Payments

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 29, 2011

Officials from the Department of Health & Human Services tell a House subcommittee that billing, coding, and eligibility errors contributed to billions of dollars in improper Medicare payments in 2010.

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CHS to Buy Tomball Regional Medical Center

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 29, 2011

Community Health Systems did not provide financial terms of the deal to buy the assets of the Tomball, TX operation. This is the for-profit hospital chain's second acquisition announcement in 10 days.

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VBP Incentives Put Process Measures to the Test

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 13, 2011

Starting this month hospitals will be evaluated and paid based on how well they perform 12 process measures. There is some evidence—but at times little hard proof—that these tasks correlate with true outcomes, such as saved lives or reduced readmissions.

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Speed of ED Care Goes Under Quality Microscope

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 28, 2011

Over the next two years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services expects hospitals to begin tracking and reporting median times for two benchmarks for emergency department care. The first steps are identifying and defining the metrics by which quality will be measured.

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Developing Empathetic Physician Leaders

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, July 28, 2011

A medical school education program launched this week in Florida aims to provide leadership training for students who may one day occupy the C-suite. The program targets students with high emotional intelligence and emphasizes empathy, compassion, and patient-centered care.

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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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