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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

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AHA, NNU Pan Debt Ceiling Proposal

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 2, 2011

The American Hospital Association and National Nurses United are criticizing the $2.4 trillion debt ceiling and deficit reduction package, which they believe could mean hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and other safety net programs.

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Healthcare Online Job Postings Decline Again

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 2, 2011

Monthly online job listings for healthcare practitioners, technical workers, and healthcare support staff fell in July, the fourth straight month of declines, according to The Conference Board.

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CMS Releases SNF PPS Final Rule for 2012

By: MacKenzie Kimball, for HealthLeaders Media, August 2, 2011

The Skilled Nursing Facilities Prospective Payment System final rule reduces payment rates in FY 2012 by $3.87 billion in order to correct an unintended spike in payment levels and better align Medicare payments with costs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says.

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HHS: No Co-Pays for Preventive Women's Health Services

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 2, 2011

The Department of Health & Human Services has accepted guidelines that require new health insurance plans to cover women's preventive services such as well-woman visits, breastfeeding support, domestic violence screening, and contraception without charging a co-payment, co-insurance, or a deductible.

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NLRB Rules Changes Could Tilt Balance of Power

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 1, 2011

If new rules governing union organizing practices under consideration by the National Labor Relations Board go into effect, the way that employers prepare for organizing drives and the way they conduct counter-union organizing campaigns are going to be very different.

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Making Medical Homes Self-Sustaining

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, August 1, 2011

The medical home has become the model to add to your hospital, health system or practice. Indeed, there is an opportunity for revenue in the patient-centric model, even now, before the reimbursement system changes occur.

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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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