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White House Deficit Reduction Proposal Targets Medicare

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, April 14, 2011

President Obama's plan to slash $480 billion in healthcare spending by 2023 includes capping the growth of Medicare spending per beneficiary and strengthening the Independent Payment Advisory Board.

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AMA Identifies 'Most Burdensome' Federal Regs

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 14, 2011

The American Medical Association has sent the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services a list of "most burdensome" federal regulations that the physicians' organization says will interfere with patient care, drive up administrative costs, and add more paperwork.

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CHIME: CIOs' Hopes Sag for EHR Early Funding

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 14, 2011

Healthcare CIOs remain optimistic about receiving federal funding for  electronic medical record system implementation, but a growing number of healthcare executives acknowledge that reimbursement will come later than predicted.

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Hospitalist Firms Cogent, HMG to Merge

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

Cogent Healthcare and Hospitalists Management Group are merging to form "the largest private hospitalist company in the nation," the companies jointly declared.

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HealthGrades Names Tops Cities for ED Care

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 14, 2011

A HealthGrades study finds large differences in mortality rates for patients admitted through the emergency department, both by hospital and by market area, based on an analysis of more than seven million Medicare patient records from 2007 to 2009.

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How to Get the Most from a Celebrity Hospital Visit

By: Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, April 13, 2011

Shaq, Heidi Klum, Britney Spears…these familiar faces have been used to market a slew of products. But are celebrity-powered hospital marketing efforts effective? Here are some marketing secrets from hospitals that do it best.

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Healthcare Cost Relief is Hiding in Plain Sight

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

Real relief from the pain of high healthcare costs won't come from financial juggling. Rather, it will come from improving health, reducing hospital-based harm, and delivering better quality care.

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AHA Supports Rural Hospital Protection Act

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, April 13, 2011

The American Hospital Association says critical access hospitals will lose significant revenue if reimbursements for provider taxes are disallowed under legislation backed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Webcast: Blueprint for an Integrated and Alignment-Driven Physician Compensation Plan

By: April 14, 2011

With the advent of the accountable care organization and reimbursement shifts from pay for performance to bundled payments, physician compensation plans must do more than ensure fair compensation for physicians. Join HealthLeaders Media for a 60-minute audio conference, including Q&A, to learn how to craft compensation plans for integration and alignment. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9539&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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Webcast: Ratchet Up Physician Referrals: Proven Methods & Measures

By: April 14, 2011

At the heart of successful physician referral programs are relationships that result in buy-in, engagement, and alignment. How do you build those? And, how do you use data to prove your program's success to the C-suite? Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and case studies, for lessons and insights from marketing leaders with successful referral programs. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9509&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era

By: April 14, 2011

Reform, reimbursement, and reintegration—a triple threat to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) or new opportunities for ROI? Join HealthLeaders Media for a 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, to learn how to increase the financial return of ASC operations from leaders with proven ambulatory care ROI. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9585&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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