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Thursday, September 29, 2011

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HHS Introduces Coordinated Care Pilot for PCPs

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 29, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services is recruiting private payers to participate in the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, a four-year Medicare shared savings pilot aimed at primary care physicians.

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Parkland Signs Improvement Agreement, Remains Open

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 29, 2011

Officials at Parkland Memorial Hospital has signed an agreement with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that will allow the Dallas hospital to remain open while it attempts to correct deficiencies that threatened its closure.

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Health 2.0: ONC Pledges to Make Patients Meaningful Users, Too

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, September 29, 2011

In developing health information technology programs and policies, the government has not paid enough attention to patients, concedes a top official of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. That may be about to change.

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Healthcare Online Job Postings Up in September

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

Online advertised vacancies for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations increased by 17,900 listings in September, marking the second consecutive month of impressive gains for the sector, The Conference Board reports.

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Fewer Uninsured Means Better Care for Everyone

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 28, 2011

The uninsured have become a catch-all for almost everything wrong in healthcare today. Now researchers have found that it's true. Underinsurance pulls down healthcare for the insured – and for society.

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Easing Patient Fears Can Raise HCAHPS Scores

By: Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, September 28, 2011

Do you know what your patients fear the most about healthcare? Understanding and addressing those anxieties can improve the patient experience and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores. Here's how Memorial Hospital and Health System is confronting and defusing patient fears.

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Rural Oregon Hospitals Implement Frontline Caregiver Program

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, September 28, 2011

An innovative process improvement program increases patient and nurse satisfaction, while boosting rural hospitals’ recruitment and retention of nurses.

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Intelligence Report: Physician Alignment: The Collaborative Care Disconnect

By: September 26, 2011

79% of leaders say physicians’ support of collaborative care is mixed or unsure, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis.

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Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes

By: August 23, 2011

Date: October 26, 2011
About: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast. Host Denver Health with invited guest Virtua share how to make continuous quality improvement with a focus on bottom-line value part of your institutional culture and process. LINK:

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