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CMS Plan Would Tie Efficiency Scores to Hospital Payments

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 2, 2012

Efficiency scores measure cost per Medicare beneficiary at acute care hospitals and could mean as much as $200,000 for every $1 million of incentive payments in the value-based purchasing pool. But some hospitals say the scores are neither fair nor accurate.

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Not-For-Profit Hospitals Eye Continued Low Revenue Growth

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 2, 2012

The dim forecast for revenue growth is due mostly to flat volumes and payer pressures, but hospital operating performance is showing stability and hospital managers are finding cuts that have improved profits, says a Moody's analyst.

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Nurses Shining Exception to Public's Dim View of Healthcare

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, May 1, 2012

As industries go, the public's view of healthcare ranks it near the bottom. Nurses, however, are held in high regard for their perceived honesty and ethical standards.

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Strictly Speaking, Voice Recognition Technology Works

By: Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, May 1, 2012

Voice recognition software and hardware has matured sufficiently that it can help hospitals and physicians save enormous amounts of time and money, meet compliance requirements for documentation, and boost EMR adoption.

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Webcast: Boost Physician Referrals, Build Your Bottom Line

By: May 1, 2012

Date: May 15, 2012
About: Successful physician referral programs are strategic, data-driven, and coordinated with an organization’s overall physician engagement plan. Join us for a 90-minute, customized webcast with a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access.

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Rounds: Building ACO Foundations—Lessons From Kaiser Permanente's Integrated Delivery Model

By: May 1, 2012

Date: May 30, 2012
About: Join HealthLeaders Media and host Kaiser Permanente for a live and simulcast three-hour leadership event on how to use the foundations of team medicine, population health management, and actionable data to create your own vision of integration. Access our FREE event case study now, then register for the exclusive companion event.

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