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Sebelius: IPAB Will Not Shift Costs or Ration Care

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, July 15, 2011

The Independent Payment Advisory Board continues to generate discord in Washington. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, spent several hours over two days this week defending the board before two House committees.

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WA Oncologist Indicted in $1.7M Medicare Fraud Scheme

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 15, 2011

A Washington state oncologist and his wife face 20 counts of healthcare fraud and related charges for an alleged scheme to overbill Medicare and other government and private health plans by about $1.7 million, says the Department of Justice.

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Healthcare Nonprofits Post Strong ROI in 2010

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 15, 2011

The average return on investment for a sample group of nonprofit healthcare organizations in fiscal year 2010 was 10.9%, a Commonfund benchmarks study shows. But returns barely moved trailing three-year returns into positive territory while leaving five-year returns in the 4% range.

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Council Connection: The Key Metrics

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

In one-on-one interviews, selected HealthLeaders Council Connection members identify the key metrics they monitor to ensure that their healthcare organizations stay on track.

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6 Target Markets for Accountable Care Partnerships

By: Joseph F. Damore, FACHE, and Barbara Gray for HealthLeaders Media, July 14, 2011

Contracting for shared savings with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services isn't the only path toward accountable care. There are many markets for providers to evaluate and a variety of partnerships and strategies that can be deployed.

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Could Video Cameras in the OR Prevent Wrong-Site Surgery?

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 14, 2011

Video cameras in the operating room may appear to be a valuable measure against wrong-site surgery, but the issue is freighted with concerns about privacy, and may not be the most effective means of improving safety in the surgical arena.

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Spine Studies Fuel Millions in Revenue, and Controversy

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, July 14, 2011

Reports in the The Spine Journal last month set off an uproar within the orthopedic physician community and debate over alleged conflicts of interest in scientific studies by drug and medical device makers.

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Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era

By: June 14, 2011

Date: July 20, 2011
About: Integration will be the key to success in the accountable care era, whether your organization develops an official ACO or not. Organizations must develop strong relationships with employed and affiliated physicians. Join us to get alignment strategies to thrive in an increasingly integrated industry.
LINK: http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9582&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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Webcast: Creating an ACO Marketing Language

By: June 21, 2011

Date: July 27, 2011
About: As a marketer, you need to learn the new paradigm of managing population health vs. growing patient volume in a traditional environment. Advance your understanding of how to align ACO marketing with business needs, as well as market accountability to providers, and ultimately your community. LINK: http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9597&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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