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AHA: Observation Status Fears on the Rise

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 29, 2010

Hospitals are putting more patients into "observation" status for longer than 48 hours instead admitting them, in part out of fear of what happened to one California hospital this month, the American Hospital Association says.

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Christ Hospital Finalizes Kickback Settlement with Feds

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 29, 2010

The Christ Hospital, which agreed in May to pay $108 million to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit alleging illegal kickbacks, has signed a corporate integrity agreement with the federal government that allows the Cincinnati hospital to continue to participate in Medicare and other federal healthcare programs.

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10% of CA Insured Opt for High-Deductible Health Plans

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 29, 2010

 This group, which represents 3 million Californians, may be paying deductibles in excess of $5,000, a  UCLA state health survey says.

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HHS Early Retiree Reinsurance Program Growing

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 29, 2010

The $5 billion program, made possible by the Affordable Care Act, provides money for employers to help early retirees obtain healthcare coverage before they become eligible to receive Medicare.

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Breakthroughs Report: Future Healthcare: Collaboration, data, and process improvement to lower costs and raise quality

By: October 28, 2010

Explore strategies to accelerate the drive toward more cost-efficient and quality healthcare. In this new HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—Virtua, Crouse Hospital, Heartland Health, and The Chester County Hospital—share insights and lessons learned. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/breakthroughs/258254/Future-Healthcare-Collaboration-data-and-process-improvement-to-lower-costs-and-raise-quality

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HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations

By: October 26, 2010

Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic, Norton Healthcare, and Sinai Health System are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/rounds/

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Winners (and Losers) in the Quality Race for Cash

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 28, 2010

Starting in just 24 months, hospitals falling under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System will automatically see their reimbursements drop. Some hospitals will earn some or all that money back, if they score well on selected outcome measures. Others will see their reimbursements shrink for the year. 

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CMS Under the Gun to Launch Physician Compare Site

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 28, 2010

Under the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services must post information on quality, performance, and patient experience for physicians enrolled in the Medicare program on a public website. And it must make the data useful for providers to improve upon that care. But it doesn't have much time.

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