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Friday, May 6, 2011

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CMS’ TeleMed Rule Eases Physician Credentialing

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

Under a rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, hospitals will no longer be required to credential and grant privileges to each physician and practitioner who provides telemedicine services to patients.

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Headaches Drive 3 Million ED Visits Annually

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

 More than one third of headache patients who present in the emergency department go because of migraine headaches. Curiously, headache complaints peak in August, September, and October, and are lowest in December and February,  data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shows.


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HHS Releases Hospital Hazard-Readiness Stats

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

More than three of four hospitals in the National Hospital Preparedness Program met 90% or more of measures for all-hazards preparedness in 2009, a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says.

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HMA, Shands, UF Announce Cardiac/Stroke Care Alliance

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

Health Management Associates, the University of Florida, and Shands HealthCare have jointly announced an alliance that they say will improve cardiac and stroke emergency services at three regional hospitals in central Florida.

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How Can Physicians Close the Disparity Gap?

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, May 5, 2011

Under healthcare reform, millions of currently uninsured will be become part of the insured, and it is hoped, will be seeking care in physician offices instead of emergency departments. While the healthcare system makes significant efforts to overcome racial and ethnic disparities in care, physicians aren't moving fast enough to meet the challenges of diversity, says one expert.

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NQF Founder: Quality Measure Science Still 'Immature'

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

Kenneth Kizer, founder of the National Quality Forum, talks about how far quality measures have come over the last decade or so, and how far they have yet to go as value-based purchasing rules take effect and the pressure for better quality metrics ratchets up.

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Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era

By: April 14, 2011

Reform, reimbursement, and reintegration—a triple threat to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) or new opportunities for ROI? Join HealthLeaders Media for a 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, to learn how to increase the financial return of ASC operations from leaders with proven ambulatory care ROI.

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Impact Analysis: Leaders Respond to CMS' Proposed ACO Regulations

By: May 4, 2011

The proposed regulations are indeed out, but what do they really mean to your organization and the industry? Get reactions from leaders at hospitals, health plans, and physician practices that are already well-versed in ACOs, including Monarch Healthcare, Alegent Health, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan /Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Geisinger Health System, Dean Health System, and Scripps Health. LINK:

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