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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

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Sebelius Urges IHI Attendees to 'Work Harder' Toward Quality

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, December 8, 2010

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday dismissed predictions that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in March would be repealed. She spoke at the National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare, presented by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

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Debt Commission Falters In Vote

By: Jeff Elliott for HealthLeaders Media, December 8, 2010

The proposal by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform called for physician pay cuts that would have trimmed Medicare spending by $10 billion between 2013 and 2015 and an additional $14 billion by 2020, a prospect that left many in the industry befuddled.

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Drug Makers Pay $421M to Settle False Claims Allegations

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 8, 2010

Drug makers Abbott Laboratories Inc., B. Braun Medical Inc., and Roxane Laboratories Inc., will pay $421 million to settle whistleblower allegations that they inflated prices for drugs paid for by Medicare and Medicaid, a violation of the False Claims Act, the U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday.

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Aetna to Pay $500M for Medicity

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 7, 2010

Medicity specializes in securing health information systems and identifying quality and efficiency issues in care delivery. It will operate as a separate business within health insurer Aetna.

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Michael Dowling: Advancing Care Coordination Via HIT

By: Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, December 2, 2010

In our annual HealthLeaders 20, we profile individuals who are changing healthcare for the better. Some are longtime industry fixtures; others would clearly be considered outsiders. Some are revered; others would not win many popularity contests. All of them are playing a crucial role in making the healthcare industry better. This is Michael Dowling's story.

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Webcast: Service Line Strategies Workshop: Back and Spine Care

By: December 7, 2010

Successful spine and back care service lines require a foundation rooted in market knowledge, organizational commitment, and physician alignment, as well as the fluidity to adapt to ever-changing conditions, including reimbursement changes, technological advances, and a growing patient preference for non-surgical options. Join HealthLeaders Media on December 14 for this 90-minute Webcast and Q&A, and discover ways to position your back/spine service line for success.

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Webcast: Tactics to Measure Financial ROI for Marketing Efforts

By: November 30, 2010

Proving marketing ROI is both critical to do, yet often hard to do. In this economic and competitive environment, the stakes are high—you need to show the efficacy of your marketing dollars through a commitment to measuring your efforts beyond brand awareness. Join HealthLeaders Media on December 13 for this 90-minute Webcast and Q&A to get specific how-to's on demonstrable marketing efficacy with case studies from Chester County Hospital and Fairview Health Services.

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Blumenthal, EHRs: Change for the Better?

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, December 7, 2010

There are still a lot of unanswered questions about the feasibility and efficacy of electronic health records systems, but that didn't stop HealthLeaders editors from putting David Blumenthal, MD, on its annual list of 20 people who are making healthcare better.

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Nurses Win Trust, Leadership Next?

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, December 7, 2010

Nurses are the most trusted professionals in the nation and once again top a list they have dominated for 11 years, according to Gallup's "Honesty and Ethics" survey. Opinion leaders from across the country believe nurses should have greater influence in many healthcare areas—from reducing medical errors to improving efficiency and reducing costs—but that significant barriers continue to block them from fully achieving those goals.

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