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MedPAC Urged to Reconsider Imaging Reimbursement Cuts

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 17, 2011

A coalition of medical imaging organizations and patients' advocacy groups is asking the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission to reconsider its call for reduced reimbursements and prior authorization for imaging services.

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Ex-Lawmakers Spar at AHIP Conference

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 17, 2011

Former Senators Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Judd Gregg (R-NH), displayed divergent views of health insurance reform in remarks to the America's Health Insurance Plans annual conference.

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Healthcare Cost Growth Deceleration Continues

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 17, 2011

The average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial insurance and Medicare grew 5.39% over the 12 months ending in April 2011, continuing an 11-month deceleration of cost growth, Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices show.

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Nonprofit Hospitals: Will Margin Change Mean Mission Change?

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, June 13, 2011

Health reform legislation will greatly reduce the number of uninsured. Though it’s difficult to predict how that might affect nonprofits’ bottom lines, with states and the feds hungry for revenue, nonprofits’ tax exemptions will certainly face future scrutiny.

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ACEP Chief Rails Against ED Diversions, Scheduling

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 16, 2011

Sandra Schneider, MD, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a working emergency department physician is passionate about the need for process changes in the ED "because I'm the one who has to watch patients die."

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PODs Spark a Political War

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, June 16, 2011

The Senate Finance Committee is looking into physician-owned distributorships, signaling what may be an all-out government assault on the highly controversial practice. Or the whole thing may fall flat, depending on the politics of Capitol Hill, where regulators have examined the POD issue before.

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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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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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