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500 Primary Care Practices Named to CMS Payer Partnership

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 23, 2012

Selected primary care practices will receive financial incentives to support coordinated healthcare services on behalf of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says.

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Infections From Tattoos Spark FDA Warnings

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 23, 2012

Hospital and physician providers are urged to be on alert for hard-to-treat raised skin rashes stemming from contaminated tattoo inks. A rash of Mycobacterium chelonae infections has been traced to bottles of ink.

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Top 10 Hospital Contracting Priorities

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 22, 2012

Hospitals are more concerned with increasing their reimbursement rates and limiting claims denials than they are with developing bundled payments or ACOs, a survey of health system CEOs, CFOs, and payer relations executives shows.

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3 Mobile Strategies for Growing Hospital Market Share

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, August 22, 2012

If your hospital is not already interacting with patients connecting via smartphones and other mobile devices, it may unintentionally be alienating a large group of patients—and future patients.

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Transparency Rules at Mountain States Health Alliance

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 22, 2012

Years of hard work toward improving quality and enhancing patient-centered care for patients by "being open and honest" has earned the 13-hospital not-for-profit health system a prestigious national quality award. Transparency starts at the bedside, says one executive.

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Webcast: Marketing & Metrics—The Cleveland Clinic and Fairview Health Way

By: July 30, 2012

Date: Sept. 14, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Can you prove the value of your marketing efforts to your organization's bottom line? Learn how marketing leaders from Cleveland Clinic and Fairview Health Services capture, track, and measure the impact of their marketing programs to demonstrate ROI and better support organizational business objectives. Get proven strategies from industry leaders in a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access.

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New Book: The Healthcare Executive's Guide to Urgent Care Centers and Freestanding EDs

By: August 20, 2012

Authors: Michael F. Boyle, MD, FACEP and Daniel G. Kirkpatrick, MHA, FACHE

About: A growing demand for convenient urgent care and after-hours medical services has led to a rapid increase of walk-in clinics around the country. The Healthcare Executive's Guide to Urgent Care Centers and Freestanding EDs offers a step-by-step executive-level guide to planning, staffing, marketing, and managing profitable urgent care centers.

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