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CMS Updates Hospital Compare Website

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 20, 2012

Annual readmissions and mortality rate data has been refreshed on the Hospital Compare website, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has also updated performance data for hospital-acquired conditions and outpatient imaging safety measures.

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HHS Issues Final Rule on Benchmarking EHBs for Insurance Exchanges

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, July 20, 2012

The rule for identifying potential benchmark plans to support the definition of essential health benefits has been quietly released by the Department of Health and Human Services. The rule also establishes the two-phase approach to be used in the quality health plan accreditation process.

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Palliative Care Deserves Physicians' Attention

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, July 19, 2012

Although not widely practiced, palliative care is becoming part of the discussion among healthcare leaders to improve care and trim costs. Yet too many physicians still do not endorse it—perhaps because they don't fully understand it.

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7 Ways the PPACA Hurts Safety Net Hospitals

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 19, 2012

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was written in part to strengthen this country’s healthcare safety net, may end up punishing the very providers who take care of the poor.

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Rounds: A Comprehensive Women's Health Service Line—Lessons from North Shore-LIJ

By: July 12, 2012

Date: August 9, 2012, 12:00–3:00 p.m. ET
Register for A Comprehensive Women's Health Service Line: Lessons From North Shore-LIJ and in three hours learn direct from the founders of the Katz Institute for Women's Health how to position your women's health programs to meet evolving physician and patient demands. Move beyond OBGYN and learn to plan, build and operate a women’s health center of excellence.

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Book: The Healthcare Executive's Guide to ACO Strategy

By: February 14, 2012

This comprehensive book dissects the integral components of ACOs from the view of physicians, providers, and payers and analyzes CMS's final regulations. Get the book that provides specifics on incorporating accountable care structure and strategy into your organization and enter the ACO era prepared and positioned to succeed.

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