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CHS Says Government Consolidating Probes

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 26, 2011

Investigating agencies are "closely coordinating" a review of "overlapping claims" against hospital chain Community Health Systems, according to a federal motion.

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Cardinal Health to Pay $8M to Resolve 'Upfront Discount' Allegations

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 26, 2011

The Department of Justice says the settlement with Cardinal Health resolves a whistleblower False Claims Act lawsuit filed by a former pharmacy owner. Cardinal denies any wrongdoing.

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The Coming Age of the Patient Navigator

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 26, 2011

Despite some uncertainty regarding cost efficiency and who should fill the role, payers and providers are focusing on case management.

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A Tech Boost to the EBM Boom

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, April 26, 2011

Solutions from the technology side can help bring about improvements and acceptance of evidence-based medicine, analysis shows.

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3 Skillful Payer Negotiation Strategies

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, April 25, 2011

Hospital CFOs lacking strong experience with contract dealings can make costly missteps in trying to negotiate contracted payer reimbursements. But these expert strategies can make the process more fruitful.

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Payroll May Be Healthcare's Biggest Cost Driver

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 25, 2011

Healthcare is labor-intensive, and labor is the highest single budget item for most healthcare organizations, grabbing about 60% or more of the budget at hospitals. Compensating 14 million people doesn't come cheap.

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Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care

By: April 4, 2011

Patient-centered healthcare IS accountable care— accountable for quality, for value, and for patient satisfaction. Join us on April 27 live from Griffin Hospital and Planetree, recognized pioneers in patient-centered care, with more actionable strategies from invited thought leaders at Sharp Memorial and the Maine Patient-Centered Medical Home Pilot.http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/rounds/

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Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations

By: April 5, 2011

Neurological service line success is all about managing the collision of technology, research, and care coordination. Get strategies for managing the collision on May 18, live from Barrow Neurological Institute with invited thought leaders from St. John Providence Health System and St. Luke Hospital. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/rounds/

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Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era

By: April 14, 2011

Reform, reimbursement, and reintegration—a triple threat to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) or new opportunities for ROI? Join HealthLeaders Media for a 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, to learn how to increase the financial return of ASC operations from leaders with proven ambulatory care ROI. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9585&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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