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Thursday, December 8, 2011

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Nudging Physicians Toward Team-Based Care

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, December 8, 2011

Despite the the traditional doctor-first attitude that imbues the healthcare workflow, leadership can successfully re-engineer clinical care processes by engaging all members of the care team.

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Primary Care Physicians Link Social Barriers to Poor Health

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 8, 2011

In a survey released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 85% of primary care physicians say patients' social needs are as important to address as their medical conditions.

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Good News: Many Insurers Already Meet MLR Requirements

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

After all the angst about the medical loss ratio, a federal report reveals that in 2010, two-thirds of insurers met or exceeded the 2011 MLR requirements. Not only will the final ruling on MLR not undermine the healthcare industry, it could help achieve the triple goal of better care, better health, and lower cost.

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Beyond Transport, Chopper May Help Integrate Care

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, December 7, 2011

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is about to topple a major barrier to coordinating care between rural hospitals and larger facilities: lack of air ambulance service.

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Partner With Retail Clinics to Boost Brand, Downstream Revenue

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, December 7, 2011

Hospital leaders have the choice of either trying to beat retail clinics—a difficult proposition—or joining them. Not only does partnership make good business sense, but clinics can be beneficial to a hospital's brand and future success in its market.

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