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States May Drop Medicaid Expansion, CMS Says

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 9, 2012

States that expand their Medicaid programs may choose to drop the expansion later, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced. But details remain unclear, says the National Association of Medicaid Directors.

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Cigna Plans Aggressive Expansion for ACO-like Program

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 9, 2012

The insurer has fashioned the original accountable care organization concept into what it calls a collaborative accountable care model, an insurer-physician partnership that provides coordinated care with the aim of improving quality and containing healthcare costs.

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Rural Healthcare Eyes MA Reforms

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 8, 2012

Healthcare policy analysts are working to gauge the effects of a Massachusetts law meant to contain healthcare costs. It already appears that rural healthcare providers in the New England state stand to benefit specifically in at least a couple of areas.

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Health Insurers, Employers Out of Synch

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 8, 2012

The results of a recent survey indicate some alarming gaps in knowledge among employers in the wake of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. While insurers have been touting provisions of the law designed to help reduce healthcare costs, employers have not been getting the message.

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After Infections, Hope for Exeter Hospital

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, August 8, 2012

With a former technician charged with infecting patients, Exeter Hospital is facing the hot glare of media scrutiny. But by keeping patients informed, and following the example of another hospital in a similar situation, Exeter may be able to bounce back.

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Webcast: Marketing & Metrics—The Cleveland Clinic and Fairview Health Way

By: July 30, 2012

Date: Sept. 14, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Can you prove the value of your marketing efforts to your organization's bottom line? Learn how marketing leaders from Cleveland Clinic and Fairview Health Services capture, track, and measure the impact of their marketing programs to demonstrate ROI and better support organizational business objectives. Get proven strategies from industry leaders in a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access.

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Rounds: Sustainable Patient-Centered Excellence—Lessons From Sharp HealthCare

By: July 30, 2012

Date: September 5, 2012, 9:00–12:00 p.m. Pacific

Sharp HealthCare leaders reveal the secrets that have enabled them to turn their patient-centered care initiative into a sustainable program that's ingrained in the culture, improves outcomes, and grows stronger over time. By combining their Sharp Experience performance improvement initiative with the Planetree Patient-Centered Care Model, they have built an organization of sustainable patient-centered excellence like no other.

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