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FL Still Fighting MLR Waiver Denial; KS, OK Denied

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, January 6, 2012

While Florida officials have appealed a federal decision to deny the state's request for a waiver from the medical loss ratio requirements, Kansas and Oklahoma join the roster of denied states.

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CMS Innovation Advisors Aim to Improve Quality of Care

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, January 6, 2012

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has tapped 73 healthcare professionals for its innovation advisors program. Funded with $6 million from the healthcare reform act, the program is designed to help drive improvements to patient care and help reduce healthcare costs.

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Stop Using In-Hospital Mortality Rates to Judge Quality

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 5, 2012

A paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine highlights a stunning weakness in the method by which many payers measure quality through fatal outcomes.

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4 Vital Issues for Physicians in 2012

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, January 5, 2012

Amid a climate of uncertainty having to do with the business of being a doctor, "there is much despair among the physician population," says Lou Goodman, PhD, president of The Physicians Foundation.

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Impact Analysis Report—The Next Phase of Cost Control

By: January 6, 2012

This third report in a series of four from the inaugural HealthLeaders Media CFO Exchange provides insight on cost containment from leaders at Banner Health, Wellmont Health System, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Floyd Memorial Hospital & Health Services, and Trinity Regional Health System. Eighteen percent cite "no culture of being cost-conscious" as their greatest organizational challenge to cost reduction.

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