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Thursday, November 3, 2011

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CMS Releases OPPS Final Rule

By: Michelle A. Leppert, CPC-A, November 3, 2011

The Outpatient Prospective Payment System rule unveiled by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalizes changes to cancer center payments for 11 hospitals, cardiac resynchronization therapy payment, and physician supervision.

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HHS Rules on Health Insurance Exchanges Elicit Griping

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

The Department of Health and Human Services'  three proposed rules on health insurance exchanges don't give states adequate time to plan or enough flexibility and control to operate them, according to state governments and business groups.

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Universal Healthcare Could Double VT's Costs

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

Vermont's bid for state-wide universal healthcare could double its healthcare costs by 2020—but it's still less expensive than maintaining the current system of private insurance plans, says a report prepared by lawmakers.

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5 Big Ideas for Physician Groups

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2011

Hot topics discussed at the Medical Group Management Association conference in Las Vegas will help physician groups navigate the business of healthcare reform change, and change the practice of medicine for years to come.

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3 Takeaways from an EHR Internal Communications Strategy

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2011

Marketing internal initiatives is not the same as external marketing. To get the benefits of strategic initiatives such as a new electronic health record system, your entire organization must be on board. Here’s how Catholic Health Initiatives is doing it.

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Chronic Condition Rates Highest Among Rural Teens

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2011

A report from the Health Resources and Services Administration shows that compared to children in urban areas, children in rural areas have less access to care. And, the report says, the percentage of children with chronic conditions such as obesity, asthma, and diabetes is highest among teenagers living in small rural areas.

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Webcast: Winning With Value-Based Purchasing

By: October 31, 2011

Date: November 17, 2011
About: Value-based purchasing brings real financial implications in the amount of CMS payment at risk, quality penalties, and the investments required to avoid those penalties. The stability of your future finances depends on your ability to successfully implement VBP. Join us for a 60-minute audio conference with VBP experts from Aurora Health Care and Premier.

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Rounds: The Business and Clinical Path to Medical Home

By: October 6, 2011

Date: November 11, 2011
About: Attend on-site or
participate via live simulcast. Live from host St. Joseph Health System—reaching the vision of patient–centered medical home requires strong links between hospital and physician to achieve best patient outcomes. Join us for the dialogue in a special, complimentary Rounds, sponsored by RelayHealth.

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