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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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Fear of Lawsuits Drives Costs in ED, Says ACEP

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 31, 2011

A survey of emergency physicians by the American College of Emergency Physicians finds the practice of defensive medicine widespread. More than half say fear of litigation drives many of the tests they order.

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CA Court Upholds $4.7M Judgment for Surgeon Against Cedars Sinai

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 31, 2011

A California Court of Appeals in Los Angeles has upheld a $4.7 million arbitration award to a neurosurgeon who claims Cedars Sinai Medical Center endangered his patients' lives by improperly sterilizing surgical instruments.

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HHS Undertakes Massive Review of Rules, Regulations

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 31, 2011

By setting out to review and update virtually every one of its rules and regulations, the Department of Health and Human Services is taking part in a government-wide initiative intended to save billions of dollars annually in regulatory costs.

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The Coming Age of the Patient Navigator

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 26, 2011

Despite some uncertainty regarding cost efficiency and who should fill the role, payers and providers are focusing on case management.

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HIPAA Violator Sentenced to Prison

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, May 31, 2011

A federal judge in Alabama has sentenced a man to six years in prison for his role in a prescription fraud scheme that included crimes of healthcare fraud, aggravated identity theft, and violations of HIPAA.

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Clarity Case: Intelligence Meets Need to Know

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, May 27, 2011

Have you ever experienced one of those moments of clarity when you realize how helpful a service your company offers is to the people who use it? After a recent speaking engagement, it hit me: Our work is really valuable to a lot of people.

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Webcast: Alternative ACO Strategies

By: May 4, 2011

Go beyond the ACO regs furor to uncover commercial and Medicare alternatives for your ACO strategy. Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, for a deep dive with leading experts savvy on the legal and business operation of ACOs in commercial markets and CMS programs other than Medicare Shared Savings. Register today.

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Rounds: Coordinating Systems of Care

By: May 4, 2011

Whether your hospital system is pursuing an accountable care organization or a broader program of clinical integration, the real work of creating high-value, cost-effective healthcare is in transforming the systems of care. But the solutions may not be as big and unmanageable as you think. Join us live or via live webcast from Gundersen Lutheran Health System with Gundersen’s clinical and executive leadership team and invited guest Fairview Health Services, two of the nation’s health system pioneers in high-quality, lower-cost healthcare. LINK:

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Breakthroughs: The Coordinated ED

By: May 4, 2011

Your emergency department is at the forefront of access and quality. Dynamic health systems are maximizing the efficiency, throughput, and patient experience of today’s ED in a shrinking reimbursement environment. In this free report, leading hospital systems—Scripps Health, Grady Health System, Mercy Medical Center, and Cambridge Health Alliance—share insights and lessons learned on maximizing the ED. LINK:

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