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Baptist Health in an Arkansas State of Denial
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

An economic conflict of interest policy is put to the legal test at Baptist Health in Arkansas. The state's highest court rules in favor of physicians, but the policy came at a high cost to them, and ultimately, to the hospital itself.[Read More]
  October 7, 2010

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Scanning Medication Reduces Errors, Hospital Says
In one of the early pilot programs, in April 2008, Baystate Medical Center (BMC), a 653-bed teaching hospital in Springfield, MA, began implementation of its Bar Code Point of Care technology to positively impact medication administration in reducing errors. BMC reported a 50% bedside scanning rate for all medications. [Read More]
FTC to Explore Antitrust Waivers for ACOs
Some federal antitrust laws could be waived if they hinder the creation of effective accountable care organizations, senior federal officials told healthcare leaders. "We want to explore whether we can develop safe harbors," said Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz said, in opening remarks at Tuesday's FTC/Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service Workshop on ACOs.[Read More]
MGMA: Bonus Incentives Boost Hospitalists' Productivity
We learned the principles of economics in our youthful days at the lemonade stand; for every cup of lemonade we sold, we earned more money. The State of Hospital Medicine: 2010 Report Based on 2009 Data explains that, supplemented with incentives, hospitalists perform more work and earn higher compensation even if they start with a lower fixed base salary.[Read More]
Expert Tips for Adopting Transparent Federal Records
In this age of increased transparency with federal business in general, and healthcare in particular, it is somewhat surprising that so much about healthcare procurement still remains unknown. Since July of this year, federal agencies have released an estimated 70 Requests for Proposal (RFPs) for a broad range of hospital, medical and related services. [Read More]
Breakthroughs Report: Hospital Merger and Acquisition Strategies
The rules of healthcare are changing. Today, growth isn't about just getting bigger. It's about developing all of the components needed for coordinated care and reduced costs. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems that have seen the value of growth from mergers and acquisitions—North Shore LIJ Health System, Novant Health, Baylor Health Care System, and Bayhealth Medical Center—share insights and lessons learned.[Read More]
Register Today for Lead Transformation: Accelerate Value, Quality, and Coordination
Join us October 21, live or virtually, for this complimentary, exclusive half-day leadership event that will bring leaders from top healthcare organizations to explore real paths to take today toward accountable care structures and define what medical home and patient-centered care mean for your healthcare organization. Recognized leaders and peer experts will be featured from: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Columbus Regional Hospital, Baptist Health System, Chenango Memorial Hospital, Network Health, Crystal Run Healthcare, Moffitt Cancer Center, Novant Health, and GE Healthcare, Americas. This event takes place October 21, 8:30 am—12:30 pm (CST) at The Fairmont in Dallas, Texas. To register call 800/753-0131 or click here.
Business Rx
Healthcare Reform Gains Some Public Support
Although public opinion about the recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act remains split, support for the overhaul has increased steadily since the legislation was passed in March.[Read More]
Physician News
OIG Releases 2011 Work Plan
Michael Iarrobino, CPC-A for HealthLeaders Media, October 5, 2010
HIE Implementation Barriers Detailed
Roxanna Guilford-Blake for HealthLeaders Media, October 5, 2010
Physicians Prevail in Arkansas Conflict of Interest Case
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, Octobr 6, 2010
U. of Utah Health System is best in U.S, medical group says
The Salt Lake Tribune, October 6, 2010

St. Joseph buys IHA physician group
The Detroit News, October 6, 2010

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