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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

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CMS Scales Back on Payment Cuts

By: Andrea Kraynak, for HealthLeaders Media, August 3, 2011

The final rule change for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System means $1.13 billion more for hospitals in FY 2012. A number of other surprises are included in the announcement.

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AHA: Drop Access Report Provision

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, August 3, 2011

The American Hospital Association blasts a HIPAA disclosures rule provision that would allow patients to request an accounting of who accessed their electronic health information in a designated record set, for any reason.

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Recruitment Rising as Leadership Priority

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, August 3, 2011

Recruiting to address healthcare shortages—both now and in the future—requires creativity and a focus on new core competencies.

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Cogent HMG Acquires Intensivist Group

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 3, 2011

Cogent HMG, the nation's largest private hospitalist provider, has announced its acquisition of The Intensivist Group, an IL-based provider of hospital critical care services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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NIH Awards $84M for Ischemia Trial

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 3, 2011

NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City will study the comparative effectiveness of medical approaches versus early invasive cardiac catheterization.

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Small Hospitals Can't Afford to Skimp on Tech

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, August 2, 2011

A small hospital's long-term plan may call for purchasing equipment before it is needed, in anticipation of growth opportunities.

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Evidence-Based Staffing Enhances Patient-Centered Care

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, August 2, 2011

A medical center in Florida is using an acuity software system built around patient needs, rather than staff workload or ratios. The system of evidence-based indicators to determine the hours of care has resulted in improved outcomes and morale, a nurse leader says.

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Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs

By: June 13, 2011

Date: August 16, 2011
What: Attend on-site or participate via live webcast.
About: Get accountable care strategies from ACO pioneers Norton Healthcare, Humana, and Palmetto Health--first movers who already have experienced the challenges of building a new framework for healthcare delivery.

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Rounds: Women's Health Strategies for Service Line Growth and Quality

By: August 1, 2011

Date: September 15, 2011
What: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast About: Learn how host Bon Secours Richmond Health System and invited guest Geisinger Health System maximize downstream revenue in their women's health services, as well as opportunities for integration, quality and customer loyalty. LINK:

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