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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

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CMS Expands HospitalCompare Data

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 9, 2011

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has added data on mortality and readmission rates for certain conditions and refreshed data on other quality metrics for both inpatient and outpatient settings.

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Norton, Humana Commercial ACO Notches Cost Savings

By: Jim Molpus, for HealthLeaders Media, August 8, 2011

In a pilot, the partners have begun to track improvement along several initiatives, including a joint replacement accountability study that has seen a 7.3% reduction in direct variable cost, a 6.7% reduction in length of stay, and a 13% reduction in 30-day readmissions.

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Sanford Plans $60M Medical Center

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

The Minnesota hospital will centralize care, with clinic and hospital services on one campus, Sanford says. Construction should be completed by late 2014.

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Book Excerpt: Complete Guide to Physician Relationships

By: Kriss Barlow, for HealthLeaders Media, August 9, 2011

This book excerpt from The Complete Guide to Physician Relationships: Strategies for the Accountable Care Era, highlights priorities for the success of physician leaders with an emphasis on balancing balance cost containment and care delivery.

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Can the Medical Home Survive Long-Term?

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, August 8, 2011

Pilot participants praise the patient-centered approach and its impact on care and outcomes, but fundamental reimbursement issues remain a challenge.

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Healthcare Job Growth: What Lies Ahead?

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

The troubling economic conditions that have been dominating economic headlines will have an impact on job growth in the healthcare sector. The problem is, nobody really knows what that impact will be.

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Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs

By: June 13, 2011

Date: August 16, 2011
What: Attend on-site or participate via live webcast.
About: Get accountable care strategies from ACO pioneers Norton Healthcare, Humana, and Palmetto Health--first movers who already have experienced the challenges of building a new framework for healthcare delivery.

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Rounds: Women's Health Strategies for Service Line Growth and Quality

By: August 1, 2011

Date: September 15, 2011
What: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast About: Learn how host Bon Secours Richmond Health System and invited guest Geisinger Health System maximize downstream revenue in their women's health services, as well as opportunities for integration, quality and customer loyalty. LINK:

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