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How CBOs May Help Shrink Readmissions

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 4, 2012

Under a program outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, community-based organizations stand to receive federal funds to do in outpatient settings certain tasks that hospitals don't and can't—to help patients self-manage their care for 30 days post-discharge.

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Strategies for Securing Physician Talent

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 4, 2012

The CEO of a Kansas health center touts his board-approved progressive plan to give doctors flexibility and control over an eight-week paid time off policy. After comparing the total cost of coverage to paying locums' rates, he says, "We just can't afford not to do this."

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Meaningful Use Push for Rural Hospitals is On

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 3, 2012

Smaller rural hospitals have been given short shrift in the move to meaningful use. Now officials with the Office of the National Coordinator are providing additional funding to speed things up. Otherwise, it looks like the vast majority of critical access hospitals won't make the deadline.

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Q&A: Aetna's Charles Kennedy on Developing ACOs

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, October 3, 2012

Charles Kennedy, MD, head of Aetna's Aligned Care Solutions division, has 10 accountable care organizations up and running and 14 more under contract. The priority is primary care medicine and its effect on chronic disease—the main driver of healthcare costs.

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4 Ways to Engage with Patients, Nutritionally

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, October 3, 2012

Farmers markets are a great way to promote healthful nutrition and have a positive effect on population health. But there's a lot more to it than simply offering fresh fruits and veggies and pasting your logo on a few signs.

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Webcast: Avoid 30-Day Readmissions, Improve Care Transitions

By: September 17, 2012

Date: October 25, 2012, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

Get the tools you need to align care transitions, prevent bounce-back readmissions, and improve overall quality of care, from subacute and postacute experts at Southwest Ohio Care Transitions Collaborative and University of Michigan Health System Sub-Acute Care Rehabilitation Program. This webcast reveals the latest continuum management strategies and proven tactics to align partners, physicians, and nurses.

Register Today

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Rounds: Kaiser Permanente's Model for Total Health

By: September 10, 2012

Date: Oct. 16, 2012, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (ET)

Kaiser Permanente leaders explore how they successfully leverage information technology, social media, and community-based health programs to empower people to improve their own health. Get real-world solutions, including how to use web tools and social media to create effective linkages between physicians and members.

Register Today  Download Free Case Study

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