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Friday, October 7, 2011


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MedPAC Votes to Kill SGR

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell and John Commins, October 7, 2011

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has voted to repeal the contentious  sustainable growth rate formula and replace it with a controversial plan that would include reimbursement cuts to specialists and pay freezes for primary care physicians.

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IOM Details Essential Health Benefits, Emphasizes Cost

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

To balance the cost and affordability of healthcare benefits provided by insurance plans, the Institute of Medicine recommends that essential benefits reflect "the scope and design of packages offered by small employers today."

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Lowest Quality Care Goes to Poor, Minority Patients

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

Harvard researchers identify 178 hospitals that provide the lowest quality of care, yet have the highest cost and find that these facilities treat a higher proportion of poor, aged, and minority patients than 122 hospitals that provide high quality and lower-cost care.

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8 Reasons Why Hospitals Should Reduce Bed Volume

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

There are nearly one million hospital beds in the United States. What are we going to do with all the empty ones if the healthcare industry successfully achieves the goals of reform: better care, better health, and lower costs?

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Aortic Centers Combat 'Silent Killer'

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, October 6, 2011

Rapid diagnosis and treatment at aortic centers can lower mortality rates for the growing population of aging Americans with potentially deadly aortic aneurysms.

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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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