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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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13 Hot ACO Buzzwords All Providers Should Know

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 6, 2011

Just in time to accompany the proposed accountable care organization guidelines from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, comes a handy glossary of federal healthcare policy lingo.

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'Unreasonable' Rate Increase Rule Proposal Scrutinized

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, April 6, 2011

Health Affairs examines how the proposed Department of Health and Human Services' rule defining "unreasonable" health insurance premium increases is expected to work.

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Infection Prevention Pilot Slashes CLABSI by 35%

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 6, 2011

Hospitals participating in a project to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections are demonstrating that training can improve patient safety, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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RACs Intro 'Semi-Automated' Claims Reviews

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, April 6, 2011

Semi-automated claims reviews by recovery audit contractors may lead to additional burdens for healthcareproviders, one expert says.

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ACO Data Sharing Will Depend on Technology, a Little Faith

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, April 5, 2011

Since the government's release of proposed accountable care organization regulations, technology that enables data-sharing has suddenly become even more important than it has been since the first-stage meaningful use regulations were announced. Health information exchanges are poised to play a key role.

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Prevent Readmissions With Discharge Planning

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, April 5, 2011

As hospitals battle readmission rates, more attention is being paid to discharge planning. Nurses and healthcare providers must deal with many complex issues when discharging older adults from the hospital, including difficulty with transitions and communicating with patients, families, and providers.

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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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