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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

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Blue Shield of CA Announces $180M Refund, Cap on Income

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 8, 2011

Vowing to help solve the problem of rising healthcare costs, Blue Shield of California says it will limit its income  to 2% of revenue and hand back about $180 million to policyholders, physicians, hospitals, and the Blue Shield Foundation.

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APIC, SHEA Seek to Block Infection Disclosure Rules in CA

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 8, 2011

A California lawsuit seeking to block state requirements that acute care facilities report surgical site infections is drawing support from The Association for Professional Infection Control and Epidemiology and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

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U.S. Senator Calls for CMS Probe of 12,400% Drug Price Hike

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

 Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to investigate the impact of a price hike on a gout treatment drug from URL Pharma from 4 cents per pill to $5 per pill.

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The New ED: Keep Patients Out (but Happy)

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 13, 2011

The emergency department is being asked to pave a path that may lead out of the hospital as much as it leads patients inside. It is becoming a U-turn lane of sorts for patients who can be, more effectively and less expensively, cared for at home or in another setting.

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Nursing Union Goes to Washington

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, June 7, 2011

The country's largest nursing union has a message for the White House and Congress: The economic downturn has created a healthcare emergency for many in this country.

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Leaders: EMRs Aren't the Answer to Safety Issues

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, June 7, 2011

Electronic data is a solution to what healthcare leaders say is their biggest stumbling block to better patient safety: Poor communication. So why is it that leaders aren't exactly raving about how much electronic medical records systems are helping?

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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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