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CMS Opens Medicare Transparency Proposal for Comment

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 6, 2011

Under a rule proposed by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Medicare and private sector claims data could be used to produce public reports that evaluate the performance of physicians.

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Hospitals Add 4,100 Jobs in May

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 6, 2011

Healthcare job growth slowed considerably in May as compared with April and March, but the sector was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise anemic jobs report Friday from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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MLR Testimony Heard by House Subcommittee

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 6, 2011

The House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on health heard testimony about medical loss ratios from representatives of small businesses, insurance underwriters, policy analysts, consumer advocates, and health plans.

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12 Hospitals Fined For Patient Harm, Deaths in CA

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 6, 2011

The latest round of immediate jeopardy fines announced by the California Department of Public Health imposes $650,000 in fines on 12 hospitals for various medical errors.

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AL Hospital Data Theft Affects Thousands

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 6, 2011

A woman has been arrested by U.S. Postal Inspection Service authorities and charged with felony theft of five years' worth of medical information for thousands of patients treated at Trinity Medical Center, in Birmingham, AL.

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PMH Trustees OK Affiliation with Duke LifePoint

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 6, 2011

Person Memorial Hospital in Roxboro, NC, says it plans to become the second hospital to affiliate with Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a joint venture of Duke University Health System and LifePoint Hospitals.

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Brace for Healthcare Management Shakeups

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, June 3, 2011

No doubt you're aware of the seismic shift in healthcare compensation structures, both from the commercial and government payer sides. Are you also aware of the corresponding shift necessary within your organizational hierarchy?

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Webcast: Alternative ACO Strategies

By: May 4, 2011

Go beyond the ACO regs furor to uncover commercial and Medicare alternatives for your ACO strategy. Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, for a deep dive with leading experts savvy on the legal and business operation of ACOs in commercial markets and CMS programs other than Medicare Shared Savings. Register today.

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Rounds: Coordinating Systems of Care

By: May 4, 2011

Whether your hospital system is pursuing an accountable care organization or a broader program of clinical integration, the real work of creating high-value, cost-effective healthcare is in transforming the systems of care. But the solutions may not be as big and unmanageable as you think. Join us live or via live webcast from Gundersen Lutheran Health System with Gundersen’s clinical and executive leadership team and invited guest Fairview Health Services, two of the nation’s health system pioneers in high-quality, lower-cost healthcare. LINK: http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/rounds/

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