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MLR Bill Passes House Committee

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 21, 2012

The bill, which would exclude broker and agent fees and commissions from administrative expense calculations and give states the final say on medical loss ratio waiver requests, may go before the full House next year.

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HCA Investigations No Harm to its Finances

By: Jacqueline Fellows, for HealthLeaders Media, September 21, 2012

Despite a tough investigative environment for HCA, the financial performance of the nation's largest for-profit hospital operator hasn't weakened because it is "so large and well capitalized," says one analyst.

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Pronovost Calls for an 'SEC' for Healthcare Quality

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

One of the nation's top quality leaders, Peter Pronovost, MD, characterizes the proliferation of quality and patient safety rankings as "confusing," in part, because they "measure different aspects of care. And none of them are really audited, like financial reports."

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Atul Gawande's 80% Healthcare Solution

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, September 20, 2012

An article by Atul Gawande, MD, suggests that healthcare should ape a popular restaurant chain's methods of attaining efficiency and quality of service. But the model is missing a crucial element—human flexibility.

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Webcast: Avoid 30-Day Readmissions, Improve Care Transitions

By: September 17, 2012

Date: October 25, 2012, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

Get the tools you need to align care transitions, prevent bounce-back readmissions, and improve overall quality of care, from subacute and postacute experts at Southwest Ohio Care Transitions Collaborative and University of Michigan Health System Sub-Acute Care Rehabilitation Program. This webcast reveals the latest continuum management strategies and proven tactics to align partners, physicians, and nurses so that everyone can agree to a set of care protocols that improve quality of care.

Register Today

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Rounds: Kaiser Permanente's Model for 'Total Health'

By: September 10, 2012

Date: October 16, 2012, 12:00–3:00 p.m. (ET)

Kaiser Permanente leaders explore how they successfully leverage information technology, social media, and community-based health programs to empower people to improve their own health. Get real-world solutions, including how to use web tools and social media to create effective linkages between physicians and members; create community outreach programs; and understand the higher role of HIT in coordinating care.

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