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Thursday, June 2, 2011

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Proposed HIPAA Disclosure Rule for EHRs, Explained

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, June 2, 2011

Now that the Department of Health & Human Services has released its proposed rule governing privacy disclosures related to electronic health records, covered entities and business associates can begin to parse what the rule would mean in terms of reporting and compliance.

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Night Surgery Not a Factor in Transplant Mortality, JHU Study Finds

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

Performing heart and lung transplants at night presents no additional survival risk, and has no effect on patients' length of stay in the hospital, despite concerns about surgeon fatigue, a 10-year Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine study finds.

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Healthcare Online Job Postings Taper in May

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

Online job ads for healthcare practitioners dropped off in May, the second straight month of declines, but there were nearly three jobs available for every highly skilled healthcare professional looking for work, according to The Conference Board.

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On Board with Quality

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

As trustees become more involved in quality, it's up to leadership to help them focus on key issues such as financial penalties and new leadership standards.

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IPPS Proposed Rule Clarifies Device Payments

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, June 2, 2011

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for 2012, released in April, contains clarifications for hospital finance, accounting, and quality departments, among others. Today we examine the proposed rule's clarification on payment for recalled and replaced devices.

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ACO Incentives for Rural Participants Unconvincing

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, June 1, 2011

Rural healthcare providers have been skeptical about participating in accountable care organizations, and federal incentives may do little to persuade them.

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Webcast: Alternative ACO Strategies

By: May 4, 2011

Go beyond the ACO regs furor to uncover commercial and Medicare alternatives for your ACO strategy. Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, for a deep dive with leading experts savvy on the legal and business operation of ACOs in commercial markets and CMS programs other than Medicare Shared Savings. Register today.

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Rounds: Coordinating Systems of Care

By: May 4, 2011

Whether your hospital system is pursuing an accountable care organization or a broader program of clinical integration, the real work of creating high-value, cost-effective healthcare is in transforming the systems of care. But the solutions may not be as big and unmanageable as you think. Join us live or via live webcast from Gundersen Lutheran Health System with Gundersen’s clinical and executive leadership team and invited guest Fairview Health Services, two of the nation’s health system pioneers in high-quality, lower-cost healthcare. LINK:

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