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Patient Experience Scores Skew by Region, Providers Say

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 18, 2011

A federal proposal to base 30% of hospital "incentive" payments on patient experience scores is meeting with strong resistance by providers, who say that patients in some parts of the country harder to please than others.

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CHS Moves to Stack Tenet Board with Takeover Backers

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 18, 2011

Community Health Systems says it will 10 nominees for the Tenet Healthcare board of directors in an attempt to oust the current board, which in December rejected Community Health's $3.3 billion unsolicited takeover offer.

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MRSA Infects 5% of ED Patients

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 18, 2011

One in 20 patients in a Boston emergency department tested positive for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and of these more than half carried MRSA on multiple sites, study says.

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Healthcare Compensation Still Strong

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

Despite a down economy and the implications of healthcare reform, healthcare leaders continue to command high salaries.

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3 MLR Questions Payers, Providers Should be Asking

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, January 17, 2011

Hospital Financial leaders who think the medical loss ratio regulation doesn't really impact hospitals and health systems should think again. The regulation has broad implications for federal and state healthcare expenditures and that will affect providers.

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'Reform U' Schools Physicians' Staff

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

Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, has created Broward General University, a program of midday classes for up to 40 office managers of hospital physicians designed to enhance their knowledge of healthcare reform.

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Webcast: Proven Strategies to Market Women's Services

By: December 16, 2010

Women are a vital audience to reach—is your marketing cutting it? As the primary healthcare decision-makers and the key to unlocking additional service audiences, you need up-to-date, effective marketing strategies to win women’s loyalty—thus, business—and expand your market share. Join HealthLeaders Media on January 31, at 1 p.m. (EST) for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, and learn from women’s health marketing experts. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9339&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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Audio conference: Under IRS Scrutiny: Ensuring Compliant Hospital-Physician Compensation Plans

By: January 10, 2011

As hospitals and physician practices continue merging for survival, hospital-physician integration is of growing interest to the IRS and is increasingly subject to scrutiny from regulators. Additionally, the new Form 990 disclosure requirements related to highly paid officers or employees have created an easily accessible public format for viewing executive compensation. Join HealthLeaders Media on February 16, 1 p.m. (EST), for this 60-minute audio conference, including Q&A, to get the analysis and strategies you need for current tax law requirements. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9412&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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