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Proposed ACO Rules Attract Public Gripes

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

With the period for public comments over, few provider groups or individuals had any nice words for government's plan for accountable care organizations.

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WellPoint to Buy CareMore

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

Health insurer WellPoint says it will buy CareMore, a privately held company that operates Medicare Advantage plans and senior healthcare clinics in three western states. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Healthcare 'Gold Rush' Spurs Jobs, Fortune 50

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 9, 2011

The healthcare sector is in the midst of a "new gold rush," spurring innovation, creating jobs and providing investment opportunities in an otherwise sputtering economy, according to a report from PwC's Health Research Institute.

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Walgreens, Physicians Group Announce Collaboration

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 9, 2011

Drug retailer Walgreens and Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group of Chicago say they will collaborate on a healthcare program that will share the results of the drug retailer's pharmacist clinical interventions with primary care physicians of selected patients.

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Wyoming Hospitals Plan Integrated Care Network

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, June 8, 2011

The Wyoming Hospital Association and 13 hospitals may or may not become an accountable care organization, but they will focus on primary care and the patient-centered medical home.

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Don't Let Marketing Language Mislead Patients

By: Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, June 8, 2011

The practice of relying on manufacturer-provided materials for the basis of marketing messaging can lead patients to make poorly informed surgery decisions. Smart marketers ensure the accuracy of their marketing using proven techniques.

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Vermont Single-Payer Law Has a Long Way To Go

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

If everything proceeds as expected, Vermonters will be covered by a single-payer health insurance system sometime in 2017. Major players such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and the Vermont Hospital Association are on board, but there are many questions to answer before the law takes effect.

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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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Impact Analysis: Leaders Respond to CMS' Proposed ACO Regulations

By: May 4, 2011

The proposed regulations are indeed out, but what do they really mean to your organization and the industry? Get reactions from leaders at hospitals, health plans, and physician practices that are already well-versed in ACOs, including Monarch Healthcare, Alegent Health, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan /Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Geisinger Health System, Dean Health System, and Scripps Health. LINK:

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