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Thursday, February 9, 2012


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Parkland Keeping Consultant's Analysis Under Wraps

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, February 9, 2012

Citing legal concerns, Parkland Memorial Hospital's board has decided not to release a consultant's report that details ongoing problems at the Dallas facility. But the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is expected to decide by Friday whether the gap analysis will be released to the public.

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Getting to the Heart of Cardiology Alignment

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, February 9, 2012

Healthcare leaders are considering prospects for new payment systems and for value-based efficiencies. One physician alignment model is an integrated plan, such as a professional services agreement in which a hospital or health system operates a physician clinic and contracts with an independent group to provide professional services.

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Commonwealth Fund to Study Access to Healthcare

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, February 8, 2012

An effort to track low- and moderate-income adults to see how they fare under the Affordable Care Act may offer glimpses as to whether it is accomplishing its goals, or whether it's just another behemoth government program.

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Payment Cuts to Critical Access Hospitals 'Inevitable'

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 8, 2012

Many rural hospital leaders lack contingency plans for what one expert in healthcare strategy calls an inevitability—Medicare critical access funding cuts within the next three years.

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Marketing Health Coach Services

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, February 8, 2012

A growing number of healthcare organizations are employing health coaches for patients, particularly those with chronic conditions. This trend can put patients at ease, increase the continuity of care, improve outcomes, and encourage consumer loyalty.

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Value-Based Purchasing: Facing the HCAHPS Hurdle

By: January 23, 2012

New research finds that 25% of organizations have not yet begun preparing for VBP. Get additional data in this final report in a series of four from the inaugural HealthLeaders Media CFO Exchange, with analysis and insight from leaders at Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare, Hackensack University Medical Center, Piedmont Healthcare, Griffin Hospital, and Sharp Healthcare.

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Rounds: Creating a High-Performance Emergency Department

By: February 7, 2012

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