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VA Cancer Care Rivals Private Sector Quality

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 7, 2011

The Veterans Health Administration's process improvements in care for colorectal, lung, prostate, and some other cancers are now "similar to or better than care for fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries," study says.

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Dems: Keep Medicare 'Off the Table' in Deficit Talks

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 7, 2011

Five Democratic U.S. Senators have sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden, urging him to reject Republican efforts to make their Medicare privatization proposal part of the budget deficit negotiations.

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Feds Earmark $42M for FQHC Demo Project

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 7, 2011

The Federally Qualified Health Center Advanced Primary Care Practice demonstration project will test the effectiveness of doctors and other health professionals working in teams to improve care for up to 195,000 Medicare patients.

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6 Things to Know About the HIPAA Disclosures Proposed Rule

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, June 7, 2011

HIPAA experts say the major take-away from the HIPAA Privacy Rule disclosures proposed rule is the need to revisit existing auditing methods for disclosures of protected health information. That's just for starters.

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Mayo Clinic Looks to Affiliations to Expand Brand

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 7, 2011

Add the Mayo Clinic to the growing list of health systems experimenting with partnership and affiliation models.  Mayo's move to extend its brand is seen as a response to healthcare reform and the need to improve services while cutting costs.

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6 Physician Retention Strategies

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, June 6, 2011

If the greatest asset of a healthcare organization is its physicians, why then are so few resources put into retention and so many put into recruitment? Experts discuss the compelling financial reasons behind budgeting to retain star physicians.

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Medical Error Self-Reporting Stifled by Fears of Retaliation

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

While 70% of healthcare employees believe they can report a medical/healthcare error caused by a colleague without fear of reprisal, only 54% said they can report an error they themselves have caused without fear of retaliation. What does it say about the state of employee relations and engagement if more than half of healthcare employees fear retaliation?

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Rounds: Coordinating Systems of Care

By: May 4, 2011

Whether your hospital system is pursuing an accountable care organization or a broader program of clinical integration, the real work of creating high-value, cost-effective healthcare is in transforming the systems of care. But the solutions may not be as big and unmanageable as you think. Join us live or via live webcast from Gundersen Lutheran Health System with Gundersen’s clinical and executive leadership team and invited guest Fairview Health Services, two of the nation’s health system pioneers in high-quality, lower-cost healthcare. LINK:

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Breakthroughs: The Coordinated ED

By: May 4, 2011

Your emergency department is at the forefront of access and quality. Dynamic health systems are maximizing the efficiency, throughput, and patient experience of today’s ED in a shrinking reimbursement environment. In this free report, leading hospital systems—Scripps Health, Grady Health System, Mercy Medical Center, and Cambridge Health Alliance—share insights and lessons learned on maximizing the ED. LINK:

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