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Medicaid Reimbursement Rate Hike Proposed

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 10, 2012

Primary care providers, some subspecialist physicians, and nurse practitioners who treat Medicaid patients would be paid at significantly higher Medicare rates under a proposed rule.

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Hospitals Turn Up the Heat on Outpatient Centers

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, May 10, 2012

Outpatient centers say they provide care in a less stressful environment than hospitals and at lower costs. Hospital leaders raise questions about the ethics of some outpatient programs and their reliability.

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Small Town Doc Talks Healthcare with White House

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 9, 2012

Tim McKnight, MD, does not support the Affordable Care Act. But he does believe government has a role in healthcare delivery. The rural physician is both a product of successful federal healthcare policy, and an advocate for wellness—via a federally funded program he established in his rural Ohio town.

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Health Plans Don't Always Play Hardball with Providers

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

Evidence suggests that some hospitals without must-have market power can get reasonably decent rates when health insurers are trying to maintain hospital competition in the market, a study shows.

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4 Strategies to Improve the Patient Experience

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, May 9, 2012

To optimize the patient experience, hospital marketing chiefs must coordinate with operations executives and ensure that staff is properly trained to communicate and engage with patients.

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Webcast: Boost Physician Referrals, Build Your Bottom Line

By: May 1, 2012

Date: May 15, 2012
About: Successful physician referral programs are strategic, data-driven, and coordinated with an organization’s overall physician engagement plan. Join us for a 90-minute, customized webcast with a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access.

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Rounds: Building ACO Foundations—Lessons From Kaiser Permanente's Integrated Delivery Model

By: May 1, 2012

Date: May 30, 2012
About: Join HealthLeaders Media and host Kaiser Permanente for a live and simulcast three-hour leadership event on how to use the foundations of team medicine, population health management, and actionable data to create your own vision of integration. Access our FREE event case study now, then register for the exclusive companion event.

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