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Physicians' Medicare Pay Data May be Next to be Made Public

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 9, 2013

CMS is asking for public input on whether or not physicians have a privacy interest with their Medicare payments. If they do, CMS says it wants to create a review system that balances a physician's privacy with the public interest.

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Anthem Blue Cross Pilot Reduces Surgery Costs by 19%

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 9, 2013

A reference pricing strategy, in which an employer agrees to pay a certain amount for a procedure and anything above that amount is the employee's responsibility, cut the price of hip and knee replacement surgeries by 19% in a one-year trial.

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How Hospital Practices are Trimmed at UCSF

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 8, 2013

One energetic hospitalist, lamenting a "vast culture of overuse and waste," is working with a team to rid his hospital of some unnecessary operational habits that evidence says should be halted.

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Toxic Docs Require Management Finesse

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, August 8, 2013

Healthcare organizations are working to both discipline and reform physicians who display disruptive behavior. The process requires leaders to strike a tricky balance between "managing disruptive behavior" and "caring for and protecting the victims," says one expert.

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Webcast: The New Patient Experience Model—Strategies to Leverage the Patient Voice

By: July 31, 2013

Date: November 5, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Marketing leaders from Covenant Health and Studer Group will help healthcare executives understand the importance of creating a patient-centered culture, share actionable examples of experience improvement techniques, and demonstrate how marketing can promote and sustain the hospital's patient experience strategy.

Register Today

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Intelligence Report: Service Line Optimization—Strategies to Drive Value Along the Care Continuum

By: June 18, 2013

Do your service lines support the strategic shift to a continuum of care? Find out why 61% of healthcare leaders report physician alignment as the No. 1 challenge to service line success, and what strategies they are employing to drive value along the continuum of care.

Purchase Today

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