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BSCA Revenue Cap Draws Mixed Reactions

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 10, 2011

Whether other insurers will follow Blue Shield of California and voluntarily issue refunds to policyholders and providers remains to be seen.

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Pioneer ACO Deadline Extended

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 10, 2011

So-called 'Pioneer' accountable care organizations, healthcare systems already providing coordinated care and seeking a fast track to participate in the shared savings program, now have more time to apply.

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HHS Proposes EMR Access Disclosure Rule

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 10, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a rule that would require hospitals, physicians, and health insurers to notify patients when anyone accesses their electronic medical records.

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1 in 2 Physician Job Openings Are in Hospitals

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 10, 2011

Job openings for private practice physicians are in decline, while 56% of the recruiting demand is for doctors in hospitals, up from 23% five years ago, a national survey shows.

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Rounds: Leaders Detail Care Coordination Strategies

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, June 10, 2011

Senior healthcare leaders from three health systems presented detailed, diverse strategies for coordinating care and aligning reimbursement at Gundersen Lutheran Health System Thursday.

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Medicare Kickback Allegations Against FL Radiology Clinic Settled for $3M

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 10, 2011

A Florida radiology clinic and its former owners will pay the federal government $3 million to resolve whistleblower allegations that they paid kickbacks to referring physicians, the Justice Department says.

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CMS’ Final HAC Rule Baffles Hospitals

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

Hospitals are struggling to understand The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' final rule on Medicaid payment adjustments for healthcare-associated conditions, says the American Hospital Association.

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Disease Management Wins Drive Essentia Toward ACO

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, June 9, 2011

Essentia Health System is preparing to become involved in an accountable care organization. A key catalyst for its progress in this direction was its ability to reduce heart failure readmission rates through its disease management program.

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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: http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/breakthroughs/265482/The-Coordinated-ED

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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: http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/impact-analysis/265335

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