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CMS Releases 2012 OPPS Proposed Rule

By: Michelle Leppert, for HealthLeaders Media, July 6, 2011

The proposal outlines changes for payment for combined CT services, partial hospitalization ambulatory payment classifications, and supervision for outpatient therapy services.

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2 Chicago-Area Catholic Health Systems to Merge

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

With more than 100 sites in Illinois and Indiana, including 12 hospitals, the merger of Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care creates one of the largest health systems in Illinois. No financial details were disclosed.

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UnitedHealth Group False Claims Suit Back on Track

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

A portion of a whistleblower suit against UnitedHealth Group and a subsidiary, involving charges of violations of the Medicare Anti-Kickback Statute, will be allowed to proceed, a federal appeals court has ruled.

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Sanford Health, WCH Merger Complete

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

Wheaton Community Hospital in west central Minnesota has joined Sanford Health and is now known as Sanford Wheaton Medical Center. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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CMS Discloses DRG Coding Vulnerabilities for Inpatient Hospitals

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

Coding and finalizing claims without the final discharge summary documentation puts hospitals at risk since they are responsible for reporting diagnosis-related group codes that accurately reflect the patient's conditions and procedures, experts say.

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S&P: Healthcare Getting a Grip on Expenses

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, July 5, 2011

Healthcare leaders might expect ratings agency Standard and Poor's to bear bad news when it comes to reform, the economy, and their impact on access to capital. But the current state of healthcare finances isn't as bad as some might think.

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5 Ways to Retain New Graduate Nurses

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

New nurses have a difficult time bridging the gap from nursing school to practice and hospitals must recognize this difficult transition. Here are five strategies that help new graduates through the transition and ensure that they are engaged, long-term employees.

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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.
LINK: http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9582&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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Webcast: Creating an ACO Marketing Language

By: June 21, 2011

Date: July 27, 2011
About: As a marketer, you need to learn the new paradigm of managing population health vs. growing patient volume in a traditional environment. Advance your understanding of how to align ACO marketing with business needs, as well as market accountability to providers, and ultimately your community. LINK: http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9597&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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