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Medical Practice Costs Creep Higher

By: Jacqueline Fellows, for HealthLeaders Media, December 13, 2012

An MGMA-ACMPE report finds a "64% increase in total operating costs for multi-specialty practices" since 2001. In comparison, 2011 shows a modest 1.27% increase from 2010 for physician-owned practices.

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53% of Consumers ’Oblivious’ to Healthcare Costs

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 13, 2012

Out-of-pocket expenses account for about 13% of total healthcare spending, yet most consumers don't know how much they pay, a Deloitte study finds. Only 60% of healthcare expenditures are estimated to be "necessary expenditures."

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Hospital Medicare Funds Get Bipartisan Push

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 12, 2012

Funding for 212 Medicare-dependent hospitals and about 650 low-volume hospitals expired when the new federal budget year began on October 1. But hope remains, in the form of a bill cosponsored by 26 Senators from both parties.

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How ACOs Are Slowing Healthcare Costs

By: Jacqueline Fellows, for HealthLeaders Media, December 12, 2012

This year's historically low rate of growth in health insurance premium costs—just 4%—is attributable to the spread of the Accountable Care Organization model and proof that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is working, says the Commonwealth Fund.

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How to Train Physicians on Patient Experience

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, December 12, 2012

All doctors—young or old, personable or grumpy—can be taught to more effectively communicate with patients and improve their hospital experience. And they must be, now that low patient experience scores can be tied to financial penalties.

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Rounds: Clinical Integration at Scott & White

By: HealthLeaders Media Staff, for HealthLeaders Media, November 5, 2012

Date: January 8, 2013, 12:00–3:00 p.m. ET
Scott & White physician leaders share how they created an extensive physician and executive leadership development program to bring clinical and business leadership skills together. Register to attend this three-hour virtual seminar on Scott & White's physician-led delivery model with interactive Q&A.

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Book: The Healthcare Executive's Guide to Urgent Care Centers and Freestanding EDs

By: December 7, 2012

Author: Michael F. Boyle, MD, FACEP and Daniel G. Kirkpatrick, MHA, FACHE

About: A growing demand for convenient urgent care and after-hours medical services has led to a rapid increase of walk-in clinics around the country. The Healthcare Executive’s Guide to Urgent Care Centers and Freestanding EDs offers a step-by-step executive-level guide to planning, staffing, marketing, and managing profitable urgent care centers.

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