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Thursday, March 31, 2011

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4 'Value-Driving Elements' of ACOs Identified

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 30, 2011

Enhanced access and care coordination are among the four cornerstones of accountable care organizations, but require urgent overhaul to maximize health outcomes at lower costs, a report by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative says.

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Map Ranks States' Health County-by-County

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

Data released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds links between counties with good health factors, such as low unemployment and cleaner air, and counties with low early mortality and disease.

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DOJ, Inova Settle ADA Lawsuit

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 30, 2011

Inova Health System has agreed to a settlement under which it would pay $145,000 to resolve a federal complaint that the health system failed to provide sign language interpreters to a hearing impaired pregnant woman and other deaf people, the Department of Justice says.

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Healthcare Job Postings Outnumber Seekers

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 30, 2011

Even with March’s tepid growth in job postings, there were three job listings for every healthcare technician and practitioner job seeker, The Conference Board reports.

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DOJ Nabs Medicare Fraudsters in LA

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

Two separate cases of false Medicare reimbursement claims have resulted in arrests, the Department of Justice has announced.

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Hospital Marketing Costs Remain Cause for Concern

By: Doug Desjardins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 30, 2011

Even though the economy is on the rebound, hospitals executives remain wary of launching big-budget marketing campaigns, particularly at facilities that have hiring and wage freezes in place.

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Physician Quality Ratings Imperfect, But a Start

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

Payers have developed some sophisticated models to assess their high volume physicians in terms of quality patient care. Despite complaints and legal action, quality ratings are here to stay. Physicians are going to have to get used to it.

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Top Community Hospitals Named

By: Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media, March 30, 2011

Thomson Reuters releases its list of top-performing hospitals the same week that Merritt Hawkins announces a pro bono search program to find a physician for a medically underserved area.

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Healthcare Leaders Reveal Uncertainties About Industry Direction

By: February 16, 2011

Dedication to mission is strong and getting stronger, but just how to accomplish that mission is less certain, according to the just-released results of the 2011 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey.

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