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Highmark's $1B Acquisition of West Penn Approved by PA

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 30, 2013

The deal by which the insurer Highmark will buy West Penn Alleghany Health System is described by Pennsylvania's insurance commissioner as the most complex and extensive in his agency's history. The new entity will be renamed Allegheny Health Network.

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Hospital Execs Forecast Higher IT Spending

By: Rene Letourneau, for HealthLeaders Media, April 30, 2013

Nearly 43% of respondents surveyed by the Premier Healthcare Alliance say their organizations will make their biggest capital investments in healthcare information technology and telecommunications in 2013, up 21% from two years ago.

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CMS Releases 2014 IPPS Proposed Rule

By: Michelle A. Leppert, CPC, April 30, 2013

A significant revision to the definition of "inpatient" and a net increase of 0.8% in payments to hospitals are highlights of the proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems rule for 2014.

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Pension Plans Spell Trouble for Nonprofit Hospitals

By: Rene Letourneau, for HealthLeaders Media, April 29, 2013

Nonprofit hospitals are poised to take "an enormous hit" because low discount rates are making it difficult to fund defined benefit pension plans. The solution lies in shifting risk onto employees by swapping 401(k) plans for pension plans.

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Boston Bombing Hurt Hospital Staff, Too

By: Chelsea Rice, for HealthLeaders Media, April 29, 2013

Clinicians can suffer emotional and physical trauma while caring for patients of mass casualty events. Because staff might be too busy or distracted to look out for themselves, employers must provide support services for hospital workers.

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HealthLeaders Media Live from Gundersen Health System: End-of-Life Care Coordination

By: HealthLeaders Media Staff, for HealthLeaders Media, April 8, 2013

Date: June 4, 2013, 12:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Register for this live event to learn how Gundersen Health System of La Crosse, WI established strategies for measurable and community-wide advance care planning.

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Download the FREE Case Study

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Webcast: Patient-Centered Care Transitions for Better Quality, Costs, and Readmissions

By: April 29, 2013

Date: May 29, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Join quality and care experts as they examine the increased focus on care transitions as healthcare organizations prepare for value-based care.

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