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Thursday, May 9, 2013

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CMS Releases Hospital Pricing Data

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 9, 2013

For the first time, the federal government has made public chargemaster data for the 100 most common Medicare inpatient diagnostic related groups or DRGs. Hospital prices vary widely even within the same within the same city or region.

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Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores 'Depressing'

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 9, 2013

In the Leapfrog Group's third release of hospital safety grades, overall scores rose minutely, but more hospitals got worse than got better. "So far, these numbers aren't really moving," says CEO Leah Binder.

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Doctors, Trial Lawyers Back 'Provider Shield' Law in GA

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 8, 2013

Physicians and attorneys—uncommon allies—support a Georgia law that creates a barrier between doctors and "ancillary" payer guidelines in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which could potentially be used as evidence in medical malpractice lawsuits.

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HIX Competitiveness in Doubt; IPAB Stalled

By: Jacqueline Fellows, for HealthLeaders Media, May 8, 2013

In the news this week: Payers continue to move toward health insurance exchanges with limited enthusiasm. Results of a study examining the effectiveness of health insurance on Medicaid recipients are inconclusive. And IPAB is going nowhere, at least for now.

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Abundance of Healthcare Quality Awards Weakens Marketing Value

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, May 8, 2013

One-third of US hospitals have garnered at least one distinction from a major rating group or company. With so many other organizations receiving similar accolades, how can promoting a top quality award have any real meaning?

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Intelligence Report: Healthcare IT—Tackling Regulatory, Clinical, and Business Needs

By: HealthLeaders Media Staff, for HealthLeaders Media, February 25, 2013

In the Premium version of this comprehensive research report, learn how Peninsula Regional Medical Center created a robust IT infrastructure to help clinical teams identify patient problems earlier.

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Webcast: Boost Service Line Marketing Through Innovative Community Outreach

By: April 29, 2013

Date: May 23, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Join marketing experts from INTEGRIS Health and Barnabas Health as they discuss how to identify the strengths of your organization and develop a strategic marketing plan that promotes strong service lines to new and existing patients.

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