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Friday, September 2, 2011

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Final CMS e-Prescribing Rule Eases Requirements

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, September 2, 2011

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has added "significant hardship" exemptions and is extending the deadline to apply for exceptions to the e-prescribing final rule in response to provider comments that the proposed rules were confusing and cumbersome.

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Healthcare Online Job Postings Rise in August

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

Online advertised vacancies for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations increased by 26,300 in August, breaking two consecutive months of declines, reports The Conference Board.

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Insurers Eye Medicare Advantage Acquisitions

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

In the past 12 months three health insurers, HealthSpring, WellPoint, and Humana, have each acquired a Medicare Advantage HMO. Expect to see even more growth as businesses begin to shift their 65 year-old and older retirees off of employee -sponsored plans and onto Medicare Advantage plans.

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Readmission Rates Revealed for 292 Worst Hospitals

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 1, 2011

A mention next to the word "worse" in one of the latest Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' HospitalCompare data files is the kind of achievement no hospital aspires to. The list some 292 hospitals whose 30-day readmission rates are the highest in the nation in at least one of three disease categories.

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Physicians Harbor Labor Day Blues

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, September 1, 2011

Physicians of all ages find themselves caught between healthcare reform mandates and a weak economy.  Against this grim economic landscape, many are going into the Labor Day holiday with little to cheer about, knowing that their retirement plans are indefinitely on hold.

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Breakthroughs: The High-Performing Surgical Program

By: September 2, 2011

 Given a reimbursement model based on outcomes, not volume, only those surgical services that can deliver state-of the-art care, value, and an outstanding patient experience will survive. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—St.Francis Hospital, Methodist Hospital System, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Bassett Healthcare—share lessons learned about new ways of approaching surgical care and strategy.

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Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement

By: August 10, 2011

Date: September 22, 2011
About: More than just a buzzword, patient experience has become the quintessential objective in our healthcare climate. Fortunately, the thriving world of social media offers proven pathways to not only create patient engagement, but actually build community around your organization. Learn how Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital consistently scores above the 90th percentile in patient satisfaction using social media tools and metrics.


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