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Monday, May 2, 2011

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Berwick Announces CMS Final Value-Based Purchasing Rules

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

Donald  Berwick, MD, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator, has  presented the final set of value-based purchasing rules  governing how hospitals will be paid for inpatient  acute services.


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CHS Opens Another Defense of Medicare Admissions

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

In a letter to shareholders Community Health Systems chief Wayne T. Smith defends his company's Medicare billing practices and launches the latest twist in a bitter hostile takeover bid for Tenet.

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Health Plan, Provider Partnerships May Trump ACOs

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

Accountable care organizations carry significant financial risks for providers. An integrated delivery system partnering providers with health plans offers a simpler organization structure and less risk, research suggests.

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3 Myths About Safe Injection Practices

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 2, 2011

Myths about how to safely inject medications are pervasive among healthcare providers and threaten patient safety, a Centers for Disease Control leader says.

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API Healthcare, Kronos Halt Merger Plans

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

The Justice Department had raised concerns that the deal by which Kronos would have purchased API would have reduced competition and raised prices for healthcare-specific workforce management technology.

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ACO Creation Driven by Commercial Market

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, April 29, 2011

The feds may determine what constitutes an accountable care organization, but   commercial market forces are actually doing the work of pushing hospitals, health systems, and allied health providers to adopt the model.

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Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations

By: April 5, 2011

Neurological service line success is all about managing the collision of technology, research, and care coordination. Get strategies for managing the collision on May 18, live from Barrow Neurological Institute with invited thought leaders from St. John Providence Health System and St. Luke Hospital.

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Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era

By: April 14, 2011

Reform, reimbursement, and reintegration—a triple threat to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) or new opportunities for ROI? Join HealthLeaders Media for a 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, to learn how to increase the financial return of ASC operations from leaders with proven ambulatory care ROI.

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Webcast: Ratchet Up Physician Referrals: Proven Methods & Measures

By: April 14, 2011

At the heart of successful physician referral programs are relationships that result in buy-in, engagement, and alignment. How do you build those? And, how do you use data to prove your program's success to the C-suite? Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and case studies, for lessons and insights from marketing leaders with successful referral programs.

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