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CHS Board Shakeup Sought by Shareholders

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 28, 2011

A major investor with Community Health Systems, Inc. is urging fellow shareholders of the for-profit hospital chain to vote against the re-election of three board members for their alleged improper oversight of Medicare billing practices, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission reveals.

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ED Physicians Sound Alarm on Overcrowding

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 29, 2011

Emergency department visits have increased at twice the rate of the U.S. population and less than 8% of those patients have non-urgent medical conditions, says the president of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

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CMS Reports on RAC Improper Payments

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, April 29, 2011

An update from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reveals a significant increase in overpayments and underpayments over last quarter, signifying that many facilities may not have a comprehensive process for managing Recovery Audit Contractor requests.

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Could ACOs Reinforce Disparities Among Patient Populations?

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 29, 2011

The much-anticipated rules governing accountable care organizations might perpetuate – however inadvertently – a care delivery system that is racially and ethnically unbalanced, according to a commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Alexian, Ascension Sign Letter of Intent

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

Chicago-based Alexian Brothers Health System is to become part of St. Louis-based Ascension Health, the Catholic health systems have announced. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Healthcare Lingo Hobbled by Political Correctness

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

The Affordable Care Act's penalties and incentives and talk of medical homes and accountability have set the stage for a linguistic battleground. We're starting to argue about individual words, but perhaps we're forgetting what the fight is about.

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Doctors: 'I'm Sorry' Doesn't Mean 'I'm Liable'

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, April 28, 2011

At least 36 states have adopted laws that generally bar physicians' expressions of compassion or sympathy about pain, suffering, or the death of a patient to a patient or family as an admission of liability in medical malpractice suits. It's a start, say two industry groups.

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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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Webcast: Ratchet Up Physician Referrals: Proven Methods & Measures

By: April 14, 2011

At the heart of successful physician referral programs are relationships that result in buy-in, engagement, and alignment. How do you build those? And, how do you use data to prove your program's success to the C-suite? Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and case studies, for lessons and insights from marketing leaders with successful referral programs. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9509&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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