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Imaging Self-Referrals Don't Reduce Sick Days, Costs

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, December 7, 2010

When a physician self-refers a patient for imaging tests, the cost per episode of care generally averages 4% to 10% higher than when imaging is not conducted on the doctor's own equipment, research published in Health Affairs finds.

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Medicaid Drug Programs Could Save $30B by Dropping FFS, Study Claims

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 6, 2010

Fee-for-service programs use fewer generic drugs and pay pharmacies higher dispensing fees than Medicare Part D plans, Medicaid managed care organizations, and commercial plans, and could save billions of dollars, a healthcare consulting firm study concludes.

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Why Geographic Variation in Medicare Spending Matters

By: December 6, 2010

Medicare spending per capita varies almost threefold between the lowest and highest spending regions in the nation, research shows. The reasons why are debatable, but the implication for hospitals is clear: the government is taking steps to adjust the Medicare system to account for those variations.

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IHI, Catholic Health Partners Form Partnership

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 6, 2010

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Catholic Health Partners have announced that they have formed a partnership to reduce preventable harm throughout CHP's nine regional health systems.

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Kathleen Bartholomew: Standing Up to Physician Bad Behavior

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, December 2, 2010

In our annual HealthLeaders 20, we profile individuals who are changing healthcare for the better. Some are longtime industry fixtures; others would clearly be considered outsiders. Some are revered; others would not win many popularity contests. All of them are playing a crucial role in making the healthcare industry better. This is Kathleen Bartholomew's story.

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Webcast: Tactics to Measure Financial ROI for Marketing Efforts

By: November 30, 2010

Proving marketing ROI is both critical to do, yet often hard to do. In this economic and competitive environment, the stakes are high—you need to show the efficacy of your marketing dollars through a commitment to measuring your efforts beyond brand awareness. Join HealthLeaders Media on December 13 for this 90-minute Webcast and Q&A to get specific how-to's on demonstrable marketing efficacy with case studies from Chester County Hospital and Fairview Health Services. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9248&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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Webcast: Service Line Strategies Workshop: Back and Spine Care

By: December 7, 2010

Successful spine and back care service lines require a foundation rooted in market knowledge, organizational commitment, and physician alignment, as well as the fluidity to adapt to ever-changing conditions, including reimbursement changes, technological advances, and a growing patient preference for non-surgical options. Join HealthLeaders Media on December 14 for this 90-minute Webcast and Q&A, and discover ways to position your back/spine service line for success.http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9297&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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Top 6 Financial Game Changers for Hospitals

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, December 6, 2010

It's been a challenging year for healthcare executives with fiduciary responsibilities. Legislative reform, rising costs, and ready-to-plummet reimbursements were recurring story lines. An analysis of the top issues affecting financial leaders reveals a few other game changers as well.

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Get Ready for Union Worksite Soliciting

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 6, 2010

Healthcare unions have enjoyed tremendous success in the past few years, winning well over 70% of their organizing elections. The National Labor Relations Board may soon ease restrictions against union worksite soliciting during organizing campaigns, a veteran labor relations attorney says. Is your hospital ready?

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