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Thursday, November 4, 2010

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CMS Releases OPPS Final Rule for 2011

By: Michelle A. Leppert, CPC-A, for HealthLeaders Media, November 4, 2010

Four changes to physician supervision requirements for the 2011 Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule include a finalized definition of  "immediately available," a new nonsurgical category, a service supervision panel, and delayed enforcement for rural and critical access hospital supervision requirements.

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AHRQ: 1 in 10 Hospital Admissions Avoidable

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 4, 2010

Roughly four million hospital admissions in 2008 could have been avoided by better management and prevention of acute conditions/chronic diseases, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report says.

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MRI May Determine Stroke Onset Time, Treatment Options

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 4, 2010

Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain could help identify how much time has elapsed since a patient's stroke began, helping doctors to determine treatment, a study in Radiology shows.

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Sibley Memorial Joins Johns Hopkins Health

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 4, 2010

Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC, has joined The Johns Hopkins Health System in a deal that involves no financial exchanges, the hospital and the Baltimore-based health system have announced.

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Breakthroughs Report: Future Healthcare and Collaboration

By: October 28, 2010

Explore strategies to accelerate the drive toward more cost-efficient and quality healthcare. In this new HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—Virtua, Crouse Hospital, Heartland Health, and The Chester County Hospital—share insights and lessons learned.

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HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations

By: October 26, 2010

Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic and Norton Healthcare are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned.

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Fall Prevention Kit Reduces Patient Falls

By: Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media, November 3, 2010

Through the use of icons and plain-language alerts about fall risk, researchers at four acute care hospitals find a drop in the number of falls in older patients. Younger patients, curiously, had more falls.

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3 Steps to Reach the Wireless Patient

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, November 3, 2010

Forward-looking hospitals are beginning to focus their marketing efforts on mobile technology such as mobile-specific websites, geotargeted mobile ads, and custom smartphone applications.

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Health Insurers Win Some, Lose Some with MLR Rules

By: Jeff Elliott, for HealthLeaders Media, November 3, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services and the nation's health insurers are in the thick of what is turning out to be a lively battle over the finer points of Medical Loss Ratios. One key issue: Defining what constitutes a medical expense.

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