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Senators Urge OIG to Review PODs

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 13, 2011

Physician-owned distributorships have come under the scrutiny of the Senate Finance Committee and prompted a bipartisan group of senators to urge the Office of Inspector General to determine "how these arrangements square with federal law."

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Scripps Announces ACO-like Integrated Delivery Network

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 13, 2011

San Diego-based Scripps Health has entered a partnership with North American Medical Management to build an integrated care network with 14 physician groups. It is expected to function much like an accountable care organization.

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FL Primary Care Docs Battle 'Gun Gag' Law

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 13, 2011

Primary care physicians' associations in Florida have filed a federal lawsuit to strike down a new law that they say hinders them from talking about firearms hazards with patients.

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Top 10 Clinical Integration, ACO Physician Questions

By: Eric Nielsen, MD, and James Smith, MBA, FACHE, The Camden Group, for HealthLeaders Media, June 9, 2011

Physicians are naturally and appropriately skeptical of the new arrangements that will impact not only how they get compensated, but also how they care for their patients. Here are 10 of their most frequently asked questions.

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PBGC Seeks $25M in St. Vincent’s Pension Case

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 13, 2011

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation is appealing a ruling that dismissed a lawsuit brought by New York's Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers' over investments made by Morgan Stanley.

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ACOs: Stuck in the Wrong Conversation?

By: Gordon Mountford, for HealthLeaders Media, June 10, 2011

A shared concern has begun to emerge from accountable care organization optimists and skeptics alike: that getting too deep into the conversations around ACOs may be more of a distraction than their organizations can afford. 

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Shopping for Healthcare Needs to Start Small

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

Expecting patients to shop for discount cancer treatments and bargain heart procedures is, of course, a non-starter. But identifying favorable pricing for out-of-pocket healthcare services by mining employers' claims data may be a reasonable way to jumpstart consumer involvement in reducing costs.

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Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs

By: June 13, 2011

Date: August 16, 2011
What: Attend on-site or participate via live webcast.
About: Get accountable care strategies from ACO pioneers Norton Healthcare, Humana, and Palmetto Health--first movers who already have experienced the challenges of building a new framework for healthcare delivery.
LINK: http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod-9589-EZINEADB&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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Webcast: Transform Your ED into a Profit Center

By: June 13, 2011

Date: June 23, 2011
What: Get in-the-trenches management tools and techniques to grow your ED's bottom line. Learn how Heartland Health revamped processes and increased revenue from $15 million to $33.5 million and turned its ED into a profit center with a 40% margin.
http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9577&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2 
 

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