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Insurer Hikes FFS Pay, Providers Notch Savings

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 15, 2012

Premera Blue Cross is reducing its healthcare costs by increasing the fee-for-service reimbursements it pays to some of its physicians. Early adopters indicate that in one year, the total healthcare cost trends for their attributed Premera patients were 3% to 5% below the average cost of other patients.

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Hospitalists ID Unprofessional Physician Behaviors

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 15, 2012

Hospital-based doctors have very different types of jobs based on whether they teach or do administrative or clinical work. "We found that your job type predicted some of the behaviors you participated in," says the author of a study on doctors' conduct.

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Leapfrog's 'License Fees' for Promoting Hospital Scores Rankle

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 14, 2012

Some hospitals scored by the Leapfrog group are rumbling because the nonprofit requires payment before the scores can be used in paid media ads. They believe the scores are derived through a biased measurement process.

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After SCOTUS Healthcare Ruling, No Middle Ground Will Remain

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, June 14, 2012

While surveys show that more physicians than ever are troubled by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, doctors must not get bogged down by whatever decision the Supreme Court renders on the healthcare reform law's constitutionality.

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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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LIVE Webcast: Prevent 30-Day Readmissions

By: May 25, 2012

Date: June 27, 2012 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Join us for readmissions approaches that work. You’ll leave this interactive webcast with strategies to standardize care protocols for cardiac and pneumonia patients, improve federal funding for these initiatives, and assess and assign patient risk for readmission, including Medicare FFS patients. Featuring speakers from Mount Sinai Medical Center and Intermountain Healthcare.

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