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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

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Analyst: No Big Surprises in ACO Proposed Rules

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 5, 2011

Anyone who's been following the progression of accountable care organizations wouldn't be surprised to note that physician-hospital alignment is the overarching concern in the proposed guidelines issued last week, says one analyst.

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CDC, NIH Revise Bloodstream Infection Prevention Guidelines

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 5, 2011

Training healthcare personnel and maintaining safety protocols to prevent hospital-acquired, catheter-related bloodstream infections are the key areas of emphasis in federal guidelines updated by the National Institutes of Health and other agencies.

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Rex Healthcare to Pay $1.9M to Settle Fraud Claims

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 5, 2011

Whistleblower allegations pointed to submissions of false Medicare claims by the North Carolina hospital for inpatient reimbursements for kyphoplasities and other minimally invasive procedures, the Justice Department said this week.

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HealthSouth to Build $21M Rehab Hospital in Ocala

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 5, 2011

The 40-bed hospital will specialize patients with trauma, brain injury, strokes, and orthopedic injuries in a Florida county that does not currently have access to inpatient rehabilitation.

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Health Net Breach Grabs Top Spot on OCR List

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, April 5, 2011

The potential breach, reported in March to the Office for Civil Rights, potentially affects the health records and personal health information of 1.9 million Health Net past and current enrollees.

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To Be An ACO, Or Not To Be

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, April 4, 2011

The release of the government's proposed accountable care organization regulations is sparking questions, discussion, and public comment. The biggest questions may be the hardest to answer: Are the potential cost savings worth the effort to establish an ACO, and if so, is now the time to get started?

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For Healthcare Workers, It's Not (Just) About Money

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

Good news for cash-strapped hospitals: Salary and benefits are not what makes healthcare workers happy. What they really want is to work in a good environment, advance their careers, and manage reasonable workloads. Are they asking too much?

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Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care

By: April 4, 2011

Patient-centered healthcare IS accountable care— accountable for quality, for value, for patient satisfaction. Join us on April 27 live from Griffin Hospital and Planetree, recognized pioneers in patient-centered care, with more actionable strategies from invited thought leaders at Sharp Memorial and the Maine Patient-Centered Medical Home Pilot.

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Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations

By: April 5, 2011

Neurological service line success is all about managing the collision of technology, research, and care coordination. Get strategies for managing the collision on May 18, live from Barrow Neurological Institute with invited thought leaders at St. John Providence Health System and St. Luke Hospital.

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