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Broward Health Proposes Community Not-for-profit Status

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 27, 2010

Broward Health President and CEO Frank Nask is undertaking due diligence on a proposal to transition the giant four-hospital health system from its current not-for-profit public health system status into a community 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.

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GAO Announces Patient-Centered Outcomes Board

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 27, 2010

The board of governors for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, a non-profit organization to assist providers, patients, healthcare purchasers, and policymakers in making informed health decisions through research, was announced last week by the Government Accountability Office.

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CDC: Uninsured Rolls Keeps Growing

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 27, 2010

A survey performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds 60% of unemployed adults between the ages of 18 and 64 lacked health insurance coverage for at least a part of the past year.

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Patient ’Coaching’ Savings Tallied

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 27, 2010

Two extra efforts by health coaches to make telephone contact with higher risk patients resulted in a 3.6% reduction in costs after one-year, largely due to reduced costs of hospital admission or readmission, which were 10% less, researchers find. 

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Multidisciplinary Approach Reduces Breast Cancer Deaths

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 27, 2010

A Norwegian breast cancer screening program indicates multidisciplinary breast cancer management teams in addition to mammographic screenings, are more effective at lowering breast cancer mortality.

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DOJ Busts $3 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 27, 2010

Three people have pleaded guilty in a scheme to defraud Medicare $3 million in false claims for wheelchair purchases that were neither damaged by hurricane winds, as claimed, or medically necessary, the Department of Justice says.

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Accelerating Comanagement in Cardiac Care

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, September 15, 2010

By giving physicians more control—in selected areas of the service line—hospital leaders are finding improvement in quality and fiscal outcomes.

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Roundtable: Hospitals and Physicians: Partners in Accountable Care

By: HealthLeaders magazine, September 13, 2010

As health systems across the nation investigate developing Accountable Care Organizations in their respective communities, healthcare veterans can't help but feel as though the details of these complex strategies are all too familiar. After all, the goals of aligning hospital and physician incentives are nothing new. But in a future that is sure to reward integration, coordination, and value, the motivation to build the right alignment model is one thing that is new and improved.

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Hospitals Brace for a Financial Pounding

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, September 24, 2010

Sure, it's law, but regulators will be defining healthcare reform legislation for years to come, which puts hospital CEOs in a difficult place. What they think is coming in terms of reimbursement, patient demand, and endless other concerns, promises to provide a constantly shifting ground from which to make decisions. About the only thing they can count on is that if they don't make changes, then their bottom lines will take a beating.

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