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Thursday, June 7, 2012

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Group Medical Appointments Get Another Look

By: Michelle Wilson Berger, June 7, 2012

The shared medical experience model, in which a group of patients with a common condition sees a physician for a long visit, is not new. But to make it work requires selecting the right high-impact specialty, working with a passionate physician leader and team, and designing the group visit with both providers and patients in mind.

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HHS Takes Another Step Toward Defining Essential Health Benefits

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 7, 2012

In a proposed rule, The Department of Health and Human Services reveals that it wants to use the small group market plan as a reference for the scope of healthcare services to be offered, but only if a state doesn't select its own benchmark.

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How a Gap in Health Insurance Coverage Affects Care

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

Lousy insurance isn't necessarily better than no insurance. And a break in insurance coverage can set a person on a slippery slope where preventive care is often skipped, The Commonwealth Fund reports. What if the Supreme Court strikes down the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in whole or in part?

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3 Ways Green Hospital Initiatives Aid Marketing Efforts

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, June 6, 2012

By now many hospital executives understand the cost savings that come with the adoption of environmentally friendly practices. These leaders should also understand that going green can boost hospital marketing programs.

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Rural Kansas Hospital Recruits Physicians with a Mission

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

Ashland Health Center has found a recruiting tool that sets it apart from scores of other rural hospitals in small towns across the country. Attracting doctors and nurses who have a call to missionary work is "transforming the culture inside our walls," says Ashland's CEO.

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LIVE Webcast: Prevent 30-Day Readmissions

By: May 25, 2012

Date: June 27, 2012 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Join us for readmissions approaches that work. You’ll leave this interactive webcast with strategies to standardize care protocols for cardiac and pneumonia patients, improve federal funding for these initiatives, and assess and assign patient risk for readmission, including Medicare FFS patients. Featuring speakers from Mount Sinai Medical Center and Intermountain Healthcare.

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Intelligence Report: Volume, Flow, and Safety Issues in the ED

By: May 15, 2012

As health systems try to improve their EDs, healthcare leaders are watching the financial framework with caution. About 80% say they expect their ED revenue margins will worsen as a result of healthcare reform and 78% say their reimbursement also will get worse, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis.

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