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Friday, July 6, 2012


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Medicaid Expansion Now in States' Hands

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, July 6, 2012

Hospital groups are weighing their options in states that are unwilling to expand their Medicaid programs under a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Healthcare leaders are also keeping a close eye on efforts by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to encourage states to increase Medicaid coverage.

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Solo Physician Practice Recruiting Dwindling

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 6, 2012

Healthcare reform is demanding efficiencies of scale that solo or very small medical practices can't meet. Recruiting doctors into solo practice settings "has almost entirely abated," a Merritt Hawkins study finds.

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Doctors Differ In Diagnosing Supreme Court Ruling

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, July 5, 2012

With the U.S. Supreme Court generally reaffirming the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, physicians are trying to decipher their own diagnosis for what's ahead. They appear to be diverging along two paths: embracing the court decision with some enthusiasm, or stepping up their political activism.

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MoMs Hips a Grinding Dilemma for Hospitals, Doctors, FDA

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 5, 2012

Metal-on-metal hip replacement or hip resurfacing systems, once seen as a safer alternative to prostheses made of polyethylene or ceramic, are under fire. But despite a raft of reports about device failures and toxicity issues, it remains unclear how serious, or extensive, the issue truly is.

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Webcast: 2 Proven Strategies to Reduce Nurse Labor Costs

By: July 6, 2012

Date: July 24, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
How do you reduce nurse labor expenses without sacrificing quality of care? Gain actionable strategies to optimize nurse schedules for maximum cost savings; create a deep float pool; and drastically cut the need for staffing agency nurses. Industry experts provide proven tactics in this customized webcast.

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Webcast: Four Strategies to Transform Patient Experience

By: July 6, 2012

Date: July 26, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
Move the pendulum from providing a good patient experience to an exceptional patient experience. Get proven strategies from industry leaders on how to tailor the message for specific departments, improve patient experience beyond the walls of the hospital—even how to sustain patient experience transformation.

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