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ONC Takes on Patient Engagement in HIT

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, October 6, 2011

The federal Office of the National Coordinator launched a program to determine "whether and when" providers can share patients' data. ONC's Office of the Chief Privacy Officer has engaged a health information technology contractor to identify best practices to overcome some of the challenges of exchanging health data, including privacy, security, and accuracy of records.

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BCBSA Says It Can Help U.S. Save $319B by 2021

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

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association says it has a 20-point plan that could trim $319 billion in Medicare and Medicaid savings over the next decade. Its recommendations include investing in the primary care workforce, coordinating care to better manage chronic conditions, and designing incentive programs to drive safety.

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Advance Directives Curb Hospital Costs In High-Spending Regions

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

In the last six months of life, patients who lacked treatment-limiting advance directives and lived in areas with the nation's highest healthcare costs generated $5,585 more in Medicare expenditures than patients with prepared documents, researchers find.

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The Essential Work of Defining Essential Healthcare Benefits

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, October 5, 2011

The independent Institute of Medicine will soon release its report on which medical services should be deemed essential benefits, as required by the ACA. This work is fundamental to the future state of healthcare in America. But the IOM has tackled a seemingly impossible task.

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Claiming Marketing's Seat in the C-Suite

By: Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, October 5, 2011

Don't let misconceptions about marketing create barriers to the hospital C-suite. By providing intelligence and financial direction, marketing teams can position themselves to break into the inner circle and influence strategic outcomes.

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Community Hospital Borrows Show Biz Staging

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, October 5, 2011

The design of a community hospital in Louisiana conceals non-patient functions 'backstage' in an effort to boost patient satisfaction and increase the efficiency of hospital workers.


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*NEW* Industry Survey 2012

By: October 5, 2011

About: We know you have something to say. And we want to hear it. Take the 2012 Industry Survey now—in 10 minutes or less, share your insight and help define industry trends.

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Rounds: The Business and Clinical Path to Medical Home

By: October 6, 2011

Date: November 11, 2011
About: Attend on-site or
participate via live simulcast. Live from host St. Joseph Health System—reaching the vision of patient–centered medical home requires strong links between hospital and physician to achieve best patient outcomes. Join us for the dialogue in a special, complimentary Rounds, sponsored by RelayHealth.

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