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Wednesday, May 30, 2012


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Physicians Ask Congress for SGR Alternatives

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 30, 2012

Doctors' advocates are asking Congress to scrap Medicare's widely reviled sustainable growth rate payment scheme and replace it with flexible payment options that reward quality and efficiency.

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HCAHPS Scores Show Wide Variation

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 30, 2012

Hospitals attribute wide variations in patient responses to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers Systems survey to a number of factors, including hospital size and specialty, physical conditions within the hospital, and nurse-to-patient ratios.

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Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Programs Skyrocketing

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, May 29, 2012

While there were only 20 programs offering doctor of nursing practice degrees in 2006,  the number grew to 184 last year. And an additional 101 programs are in the planning stages, according to data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

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Pill Mill Crackdown Endangers Telepsych Program

By: Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, May 29, 2012

Pending federal legislation meant to reduce prescription drug fraud could have a harmful effect on a telehealth program in rural areas of North Carolina, where psychiatrists and neurologists are in particularly short supply.

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Rounds: Building ACO Foundations—Lessons From Kaiser Permanente's Integrated Delivery Model

By: May 1, 2012

Date: May 30, 2012
About: Join HealthLeaders Media and host Kaiser Permanente for a live and simulcast three-hour leadership event on how to use the foundations of team medicine, population health management, and actionable data to create your own vision of integration. Access our FREE event case study now, then register for the exclusive companion event.

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Webcast: Tactics for Valuing Medical Practices—Buying, Selling and Mergers

By: May 15, 2012

Date: May 31, 2012
About: From administrative issues to physician compensation, timing, and cultural fit, hospital and physician leaders must respond to the key motivations and market realities that come with buying or selling a physician practice. Get the strategies you need in a customized webcast.

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