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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

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HMA to Buy Mercy Health for $525M

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, July 5, 2011

Health Management Associates has entered a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Mercy Health Partners-Tennessee from Catholic Health Partners. The deal is expected to close by Oct. 1.

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OH Hospitals Launch Non-profit Collaborative

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

Three Cleveland-area hospitals have formed a non-profit collaborative that they say lets them pool resources while maintaining autonomy in their own communities.

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Joint Commission Unveils Wrong Site Surgery Prevention Tool

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 5, 2011

The electronic application, developed for use by hospitals and surgical centers, will measure wrong site surgical risk in the pre-op area, operating room, and during the time of scheduling, the Joint Commission says.

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Las Vegas Doc to Pay $5.7M to Resolve False Claims Allegations

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

Federal investigators alleged that physician Rakesh Nathu submitted improper claims to Medicare for radiation oncology services, including intensity-modulated radiation therapy, the Justice Department said.

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Rising Healthcare Costs May be Impervious to Courts, Regulators

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, July 1, 2011

Government demand for better value and quality in healthcare is sparking once unthinkable industry alliances. But don't bet on seeing cost savings as a result. In other industries, consolidation serves as a basis for negotiating healthy price increases as well.

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Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era

By: June 14, 2011

Date: July 20, 2011
About: Integration will be the key to success in the accountable care era, whether your organization develops an official ACO or not. Organizations must develop strong relationships with employed and affiliated physicians. Join us to get alignment strategies to thrive in an increasingly integrated industry.

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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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