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Friday, June 3, 2011

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AMA Names Madara CEO

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

Former University of Chicago Medical Center CEO James L. Madara, MD, assumes the role of executive vice president and CEO of the American Medical Association on July 1st.

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IOM Calls for Medicare Reimbursement Formula Overhaul

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 3, 2011

A recommendation from the Institute of Medicine would shift some of the $500 billion a year in Medicare spending to address the contentious geographic price variables currently used to calculate physician and hospital reimbursements.

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PPC Final Rule Limits Provider Payments

By: Andrea Kraynak, CPC, for HealthLeaders Media, June 3, 2011

Provider-preventable conditions, including health care-acquired conditions, are now subject to payment adjustments under the Medicaid program according to the final rule released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Lawmakers Seek SGR Alternatives, But Who Will Pay?

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, June 1, 2011

Congressional subcommittees have begun the meticulous review of the physician payment formula, also known as the Sustainable Growth Rate Formula, in search of a permanent "doc fix." What about the $300 million cost?

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Growing Market Share Through ASC Joint Ventures

By: Allan Fine and Brandon Frazier for HealthLeaders Media?, June 3, 2011

With hospitals and physicians struggling with declining reimbursements, both entities need to consider the value of establishing joint ventures for ambulatory surgery centers, experts say.

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Dartmouth Researcher Challenges AMA Data

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, June 2, 2011

Data quality is becoming more important than ever in determining such critical healthcare issues as the need for primary care physicians. But a Dartmouth researcher who co-authored a recent study on primary care staffing says American Medical Association data on physicians is "not accurate."

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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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