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Friday, November 4, 2011


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Highmark Says Quality Blue Program Saves Lives, Dollars

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

Highmark, one of the nation’s largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates, says physicians and hospitals in its Quality BLUE pay-for-performance initiatives consistently outperform providers who are not part of the program. The secret is “skin in the game” from hospitals.

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Haven't Started ICD-10? It May Already Be Too Late

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, November 4, 2011

For some healthcare CIOs, waiting to ICD-10 planning wasn't a risk they were willing to take. But many challenges remain when it comes to implementing the new coding system and putting in place the right teams, tools, and technologies.

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CMS Releases OPPS Final Rule

By: Michelle A. Leppert, CPC-A, for HCPro, 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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What Would Super Committee Say About $430M Proton Beam Center War?

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

The effectiveness of proton beam therapy treatments has not been fully demonstrated, but the leaders of two healthcare powerhouses, Scripps Health and UC San Diego Medical Center, are proceeding with massive proton beam center construction projects—five miles apart.

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Physicians Seeking Middle Ground in Prostate Screening Debate

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, November 3, 2011

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released a draft recommendation against PSA-based screening to detect prostate cancer, a controversial move that has prompted some physicians to step up their efforts to educate men about healthcare screening options.

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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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