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OIG Finds Low Physician Compliance with Primary Care Grant Rules

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 19, 2011

Many physicians who received federal funding to bolster rural healthcare in the years after Hurricane Katrina did not meet their contract terms, work at eligible sites, or sometimes even practice medicine, an Office of Inspector General audit finds.

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Gawande on Cowboys and Pit Crews

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, July 19, 2011

Atul Gawande's remarks on healthcare at the American Hospital Association Leadership Summit in San Diego on Monday sparked these observations from HealthLeaders senior leadership editor, Philip Betbeze.

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CO-OPs a Health Plan Alternative

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, July 19, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced proposed rules governing the creation of consumer-operated and -oriented health plans, or CO-OPs. They aim to be another consumer option for cost-effective healthcare insurance.

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AHA Takes On Racial Disparities in Care, Leadership

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 19, 2011

Hospitals have a serious problem with their lack of executive diversity, American Hospital Association President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock acknowledges. He is calling for hospitals to adopt a campaign of change called Equity of Care.

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3 Hidden Hospital Cost Saving Strategies

By: Dan J. Woods, for HealthLeaders Media, July 18, 2011

Enable your hospital to become more efficient without sacrificing performance and morale, by encouraging staff to be more innovative about administering contracts and using assets.

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AHA: Brokaw Calls for Unity Among Healthcare Leaders

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, July 18, 2011

 Speaking at the American Hospital Association's Leadership Summit, veteran newsman Tom Brokaw urged healthcare stakeholders to work with their ideological rivals to increase value and transparency.

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As Economy Rebounds, Cost of Healthcare Workers Rises

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

Rumor has it the economy is rebounding. Riding with that recovery is the expectation that healthcare organizations that want to keep quality staff should be prepared to pay more, a Hay Group survey shows.

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Benchmarking Call Coverage for a Better Bottom Line

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, July 18, 2011

Compensation for call coverage is an irksome topic for financial leaders because for years it was an unpaid expectation placed on physicians, but today doctors want to be paid. Increasingly, hospitals are doing so.

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Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era

By: June 14, 2011

Date: July 20, 2011
About: Integration will be the key to success in the accountable care era, whether your organization develops an official ACO or not. Organizations must develop strong relationships with employed and affiliated physicians. Join us to get alignment strategies to thrive in an increasingly integrated industry.
LINK: http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9582&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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