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Thursday, May 31, 2012


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1 in 3 Medi-Cal Enrollees Delay Care on Cost Concerns

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 31, 2012

In what may be viewed as a national bellwether, a survey of Medi-Cal enrollees shows that one in five patients don't think the California Medicaid program provides access to high quality medical care and another 10% aren't sure.

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CMS Identifies Recovery Auditor Findings

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, May 31, 2012

For the first time since it began publishing a quarterly Medicare compliance newsletter, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released official guidance on problematic billing errors.

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Emergency Departments Focus on Flow

By: HealthLeaders Media Staff, May 31, 2012

Patient flow is among the greatest challenges in the emergency department. Hospital leaders are strategizing to reduce congestion, cut wait times, and improve care coordination. View data from the most recent HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report in this slideshow.

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What 'Mad Men' Can Teach Hospital Marketers

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, May 30, 2012

Sharp hospital marketing executives can learn some valuable lessons about branding, public relations crises, and rule-bending from Don Draper, the charismatic protagonist of the cable television series, Mad Men.

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Health Insurers Outline Medicare Expansion Plans

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 30, 2012

Senior executives at major public health plans outline the steps they are taking to expand their Medicare and dual-eligible footprints, as well as programs to expand physician engagement and accountable care organizations.

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Minnesota 'Health Care Homes' Model Shows Promise

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

Public health policy advocates looking for model primary care programs that are designed to expand coverage, improve care, and lower costs should look to Minnesota. At least one large urban provider in the Twin Cities has seen per member costs drop by 5% in the past year.

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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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LIVE Webcast: Medical Home—Prime Your Organization for Launch

By: May 25, 2012

Date: June 15, 2012 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Is establishing a medical home the right fit for your organization? Move beyond the buzz and learn from experts about the realities of assessing readiness and preparing for medical homes, including physician buy-in, transitioning, standardizing care regardless of payer restrictions, and reimbursement structure. Get the strategies you need in a customized webcast with a Q&A, an online forum, a takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access.

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