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Thursday, August 4, 2011

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Pharma Data Mining Restriction Options Available

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 4, 2011

Despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, both legislators and physicians have opportunities to avoid pharmaceutical company data mining of prescription practices, according to attorneys writing in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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CDC: Hospitals Impede Breastfeeding

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 4, 2011

By failing to conform to best practices for maternity care, U.S. hospitals are contributing to obesity and some $2.2 billion a year in additional direct medical costs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contends.

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States Strengthen Insurance Hike Oversight

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 4, 2011

States are increasing authority over health insurance premium rates with comprehensive review strategies, a Government Accountability Office reports finds.

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MI Physician Faces 20 Years in Prison

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 4, 2011

Felony counts include drug trafficking, taking kickbacks, and healthcare fraud for the Michigan physician.

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Low Health Literacy, High Health Costs

By: Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, August 3, 2011

The problem, when quantified, is astounding. Low health literacy costs the U.S. more than $58 billion annually and nearly half the U.S. adult population falls into the low or basic health literacy category. Marketers can use these tips to achieve a clear communication strategy.

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Rethinking Health Plan Customer Service

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

With millions of folks ready to enter the individual market for insurance, health plans have an opportunity to win new business and loyal customers with true customer service.

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Broadband Access Equals Healthcare Access

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, August 3, 2011

Telemedicine can help address provider shortages in rural areas, but not without essential technology infrastructure.

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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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