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Patients Shoulder Nearly 25% of Medical Bills

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 18, 2013

Data from the American Medical Association details the costs of medical billing complexity on patients and physicians, who are put "in the awkward situation of having to ask patients for money," says an AMA board member.

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PwC: Pace of Rising Medical Costs Slowing

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 18, 2013

Lower-cost healthcare options such as retail clinics and a decline in hospital readmissions are holding the projected increase in medical costs to 6.5%, a full percentage point lower than the 2013 projected rate, says PwC's Medical Cost Trend report.

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ACOs Widespread, Yet Challenged

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, June 18, 2013

Two of the pioneering forces behind accountable care organizations say the model is gaining significance as it proliferates across the country, even though there are concerns over lack of uniformity in performance measures.

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3 Reasons Wellness Programs Fail

By: Chelsea Rice, for HealthLeaders Media, June 17, 2013

Despite the concerted effort of employers, industry consultants, and fitness app makers, unhealthy employee behaviors don't seem to be changing. Workplace wellness is a hot trend, but employers are struggling to find real value.

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HFMA: Revenue Cycle, Reimbursements Share the Spotlight

By: Rene Letourneau, for HealthLeaders Media, June 17, 2013

Executives attending the Healthcare Financial Management Association's annual ANI conference know that maximizing revenue cycle efficiencies and forming new reimbursement relationships with payers may well be the keys to success in the decades ahead.

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Webcast: New Radiology Standards to Reduce Costs, Increase Quality and Improve Outcomes

By: April 30, 2013

Date: June 19, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Join radiology experts from Radisphere and NCH Healthcare System as they examine how standards-based radiology can impact fiscal performance, patient satisfaction and physician referrals.

Register Today

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Intelligence Report: Service Line Optimization—Strategies to Drive Value Along the Care Continuum

By: June 18, 2013

Do your service lines support the strategic shift to a continuum of care? Find out why 61% of healthcare leaders report physician alignment as the No. 1 challenge to service line success, and what strategies they are employing to drive value along the continuum of care.

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