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Record Increase in State Medicaid Spending Projected

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, October 28, 2011

Continuing economic woes, increased Medicaid enrollment, and the end of the federal stimulus program will contribute to a projected 29% increase in states’ spending for the Medicaid program in 2012, according to a new survey.

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HHS: Medicare Part B Costs to Drop in 2012

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 28, 2011

Revising projections made earlier this year, the Department of Health and Human Services has announced that most Medicare beneficiaries will pay lower premiums and deductibles under the 2012 Part B fee schedule.

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Physician Compensation Incentives Shifting

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, October 28, 2011

As healthcare reform influences compensation models, many doctors expect relatively small pay increases in 2012.

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Physician Checklist Zaps Wasteful Spending

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, October 27, 2011

Physicians and hospitals have been adopting checklists to ensure proper patient care. Now it’s time to take the checklist premise further, to find procedures that should be minimized or eliminated altogether.

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Infection Clusters in Chemo Clinics 'Tip of the Iceberg,' Says CDC

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 27, 2011

In the wake of a rash of bloodstream infections among chemotherapy patients, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a basic guide to infection control, aimed at all outpatient oncology facilities.

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Rounds: The Business and Clinical Path to Medical Home

By: October 6, 2011

Date: November 11, 2011
About: Attend on-site or
participate via live simulcast. Live from host St. Joseph Health System—reaching the vision of patient–centered medical home requires strong links between hospital and physician to achieve best patient outcomes. Join us for the dialogue in a special, complimentary Rounds, sponsored by RelayHealth.

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Webcast: Battle-Tested Tactics for Key Internal Marketing Initiatives

By: October 11, 2011

Date: November 8, 2011
About: In this 90-minute Webcast, benefit from lessons learned from Catholic Health Initiatives’ communication campaign for EHR implementation, and learn what your service lines can mean for marketing opportunities.

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