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Cancer Care for Dying Patients On The Rise

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 5, 2013

Conflating disease treatment with patient care against a backdrop of a fee-for-service reimbursement system is leading to more aggressive treatments for terminally ill oncology patients, research conducted for the Dartmouth Atlas Project suggests.

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RAC Oversight Lacking, OIG Charges

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 5, 2013

An OIG review of recovery audit contractor files covering a two-year span identified improper payments in about 50% of them totaling $1.3 billion. Unless CMS takes action to develop additional performance evaluation metrics, high amounts of improper payment will continue, OIG says.

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Community Health Centers Poised for Expansion

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 4, 2013

Gary M. Wiltz, MD, the newly elected chairman of the National Association of Community Health Centers, vows to expand the public profile of the organizations he calls "the base of primary preventive care."


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Request for Navigator Info an Impediment

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 4, 2013

Under the guise of better "understanding the work" health insurance exchange navigators will perform, a request from some GOP members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee carries the whiff of political motivation.

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Research Boosts Branding Results; Here's Proof

By: Jacqueline Fellows, for HealthLeaders Media, September 4, 2013

Doing consumer research before a major rebranding campaign is worth the expense. A year after focus group testing before launching its campaign, one Philadelphia health system is tracking double digit increases in call volume and website traffic.

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HealthLeaders Media LIVE from Geisinger: Women's Health Leadership

By: July 3, 2013

Date: September 18, 2013 | 12:00–3:00PM ET

In this exclusive HealthLeaders Media event, physician and executive leaders from Geisinger share their strategies for improving women's health programs, including defining best practices; ensuring process consistency and accountability; using the patient portal for secure communication and enhanced education; and integration with women's cardiovascular care.

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Intelligence Report: Patient Experience Beyond HCAHPS—Care Coordination and Cultural Transformation

By: August 12, 2013

This report uncovers the management and cultural changes necessary to achieve consistently superior patient experience. It features original research and analysis from top healthcare executives and clinical leaders. Gain key insights, such as: 71% of healthcare leaders will focus on care coordination to improve patient experience.

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