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12 Hospitals Fined for 'Immediate Jeopardy' Violations in CA

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 15, 2010

Under laws that are the nation's toughest, California has announced 14 penalties against a dozen hospitals where caregivers put patients in "immediate jeopardy" of harm, such as failing to remove surgical sponges, metal retractors, drill bits, guide wires, and a towel.

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Medicare Advantage Demo to Use Financial Incentives to Boost Quality

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 15, 2010

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it will update its five-star plan ratings in 2011, and use the new metric as the basis for quality bonus payments in a three-year demonstration project for Medicare Advantage health plans that starts in 2012.

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Major Changes to Healthcare Reform Law Unlikely

By: Jeff Elliott, for HealthLeaders Media, November 15, 2010

The 2010 midterm elections sparked speculation that a GOP-controlled U.S. House of Representatives would take great effort to derail, or at least attempt to modify, the healthcare reform package. According to healthcare industry leaders, the latter appears to be more plausible, but not assured.

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Dialysis Investigation Draws Attention to Nephrologist Shortage

By: HealthLeaders Media Staff, November 15, 2010

A series of media reports about nationwide failings at dialysis centers is putting a spotlight not only on the need to improve quality of care, but on workforce issues as well, says the American Society of Nephrology.

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Hospital Costs Up 8.2%, Healthcare Inflation Hits 6.3%

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 12, 2010

The cost of healthcare for people with employer-sponsored health insurance climbed 6.3% for the fiscal year ending June 30, with hospital costs outpacing other healthcare-related cost, Thomson Reuters reports.

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Intelligence Report: Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions

By: November 15, 2010

Brand-new research shows that 64% of healthcare leaders expect an increase in M&A activity between acute care hospitals and both diagnostic imaging and ambulatory surgery centers. As the transaction tide continues to rise, the newest HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report, Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions: Opportunities and Challenges, reveals key insights to help keep you afloat. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/intelligence/110/industry-insight-report.html

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HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations

By: October 26, 2010

Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic and Norton Healthcare are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/rounds/

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Reform's Bright Side: You Get to Reinvent How Care is Delivered

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, November 12, 2010

Despite all the storm clouds on the horizon, there is a silver lining to healthcare reform. The industry is about to find out, as so many others have, that offering a quality product or service at a competitive cost means your services will always be in demand, and that eventually, you'll be paid fairly for them.

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