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NCQA Offers ACO Accreditation Review

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 24, 2012

Provider groups that claim to be accountable care organizations now have a way to prove it through an accreditation program offered by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

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Family Physicians Rap 'Stopgap' Use of Nurse Practitioners

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 24, 2012

Advocating "independent practice by a single health professional," namely nurse practitioners in place of physicians, "flies in the face" of studies supporting the cost-effectiveness and quality outcomes of the physician-led care team approach, says the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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Mandatory Flu Shots Mean You're Serious About Patient Safety

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, September 21, 2012

Healthcare leadership is supposed to be about putting patients first. It's shocking that any organization that purports to be in the business of helping patients would not mandate flu vaccines for its employees.

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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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