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Federal Appeals Court OKs Individual Mandate

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 30, 2011

A three-judge panel in Ohio has upheld a lower court finding that Congress has the power to require that individuals purchase healthcare insurance.

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CHS to Sell Two OK Hospitals to Ardent Subsidiary

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 30, 2011

Community Health Systems has executed a definitive agreement to sell 180-bed SouthCrest Hospital in Tulsa and 89-bed Claremore Regional Hospital to Hillcrest HealthCare System. Financial details were not disclosed.

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Breast Surgery Complications Multiply When Patients Are Obese

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 30, 2011

The authors of a Johns Hopkins study raise concerns about the use of standardized metrics to evaluate surgical outcomes in a population with high rates of complications. One concern is that reimbursement determination may be affected.

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5 Questions to Determine Readmission Rate Effectiveness

By: Joan Moss, RN, MSN, Senior Vice President, Sg2, for HealthLeaders Media, June 30, 2011

Hospitals have always known that reducing readmissions should be a priority quality goal but, until now, the payment incentives have not been in place. Like it or not, health care reform has provided a new impetus to do the right thing.

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5 Secrets to ACO Success

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2011

Transparency and these five core competencies are 'must haves' for accountable care organizations that wish to achieve Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Don Berwick's three-part aim: better care, better health, and lower costs, experts suggest.

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Why Rural EDs Are Struggling to Survive

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2011

A statistical brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shines a light on just how wide the gap is between rural and non-rural emergency departments. Low occupancy rates and hospital admissions; and a shortage of general surgeons and specialists are hurting the viability of rural facilities, one of the report's co-authors says.

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HFMA: Integration Takes Teamwork, Communication

By: Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2011

This message came through loud and clear at the Healthcare Financial Management Association's annual conference: Healthcare leaders must work together to solve their common challenges. And as marketers we need to better understand how the leadership systems within our organizations work, in order to communicate better with both providers and patients.

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Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era

By: June 14, 2011

Date: July 20, 2011
About: Integration will be the key to success in the accountable care era, whether your organization develops an official ACO or not. Organizations must develop strong relationships with employed and affiliated physicians. Join us to get alignment strategies to thrive in an increasingly integrated industry.

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Webcast: Creating an ACO Marketing Language

By: June 21, 2011

Date: July 27, 2011
About: As a marketer, you need to learn the new paradigm of managing population health vs. growing patient volume in a traditional environment. Advance your understanding of how to align ACO marketing with business needs, as well as market accountability to providers, and ultimately your community. LINK:

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