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Physicians Weigh In on SGR Debate

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, July 13, 2012

Five physician group representatives added their voices to the sustainable growth rate debate at a Congressional roundtable about Medicare payments. But they were unable to offer a fix by January 2013, and reiterated that current plans for reimbursement cuts could put many physician practices and hospitals out of business.

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Nearly All Nursing Homes Fail Federal Rules on Anti-Psychotics

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 13, 2012

The improper use of anti-psychotic drugs in nursing homes is much worse than previously reported, according to the Office of Inspector General, which says that 99.5% of sampled records fail to meet all federal requirements.

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PPACA's Impact on Quality of Care Isn't Getting Its Due

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 12, 2012

In upholding most of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court validates improvements to quality and safety of care. But discussion has centered almost exclusively around access issues and consumer payments.

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ED Woes Bad Today, Worse Tomorrow

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, July 12, 2012

Patient visits to the emergency department increased 60% faster than population growth in one seven-year period, researchers find. The study is instructive because it delves into the past to identify the causes of today’s overcrowding—and finds a couple of surprises.

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Rounds: Excellence in Cardiac Care—Elements of Success from The Mount Sinai Medical Center

By: May 25, 2012

Date: July 18, 12:00–3:00 p.m. ET
How do you balance the latest in advanced cardiovascular treatment with market growth? Join HealthLeaders Media and the cardiovascular team at The Mount Sinai Medical Center to learn how Sinai has reinvented one of the top cardiovascular enterprises in the country.

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Breakthroughs Report: Strategic Solutions for the Readmissions Challenge

By: June 26, 2012

Successfully preventing readmissions requires many players to fill the gaps in the care continuum. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, we examine how four leading health systems—Griffin Hospital, Parkview Health, Sarasota Memorial HealthCare System, and UPMC Hamot—are moving the needle.

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