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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

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Duke Health, LifePoint Form Community Hospital Joint Venture

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

Duke University Health System and LifePoint Hospitals have entered a partnership agreement that allows them the flexibility to pursue projects such as outright ownership of community hospitals, the two healthcare providers have announced.

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Readmissions Targeted by IL Blues, Hospitals

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

 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and the Illinois Hospital Association have launched a four-year joint initiative to reduce some of the nation's highest hospital readmission rates, the two organizations announced Tuesday.

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AMA: 1 in 5 Medical Claims Incorrectly Processed

By: Greg Freeman, for HealthLeaders Media, February 1, 2011

The American Medical Association has launched a campaign against inaccurate private health insurer payments using tools such as online checklists. Inefficiency in claims processing wastes an estimated $15.5 billion annually and can consume up 14% of a physician's salary, AMA says.

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Informal May be Best Approach to End of Life Conversations

By: HealthLeaders Media Staff, February 2, 2011

How a doctor guides family members through the details of a patient's critical illness may influence caregivers' ability to act as surrogates, study suggests.

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Technology a Key Driver to ACO Adoption

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, February 1, 2011

 In a roundtable event, healthcare leaders discuss electronic medical records and health information exchanges—the foundation for identifying gaps in care and for housing data that will be used to guide physicians toward the accountable care organization model.

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Hospitals With Outstanding Nursing Quality Share 4 Key Traits

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, February 1, 2011

Hospitals that have demonstrated excellent outcomes in nursing-sensitive quality measures have identified systematic processes for quality improvement that involve staff. Last month, nurses and quality improvement professionals met in Miami to discuss these best practices.

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Webcast: Proven Strategies to Market Women's Services

By: December 16, 2010

Women are a vital audience to reach—is your marketing cutting it? As the primary healthcare decision-makers and the key to unlocking additional service audiences, you need up-to-date, effective marketing strategies to win women’s loyalty—thus, business—and expand your market share. Join HealthLeaders Media on January 31, at 1 p.m. (EST) for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, and learn from women’s health marketing experts.

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Audio conference: Under IRS Scrutiny: Ensuring Compliant Hospital-Physician Compensation Plans

By: January 10, 2011

As hospitals and physician practices continue merging for survival, hospital-physician integration is of growing interest to the IRS and is increasingly subject to scrutiny from regulators. Additionally, the new Form 990 disclosure requirements related to highly paid officers or employees have created an easily accessible public format for viewing executive compensation. Join HealthLeaders Media on February 16, 1 p.m. (EST), for this 60-minute audio conference, including Q&A, to get the analysis and strategies you need for current tax law requirements.

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