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4 Leadership Priorities for the New Year
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

Now that you've had a few months to digest some of the big changes coming to the healthcare industry, drill down on these four tactics designed to make 2011 a year of refining and improving leadership skills amidst a backdrop of change.
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  January 7, 2011

Editor's Picks
11 Hot Healthcare Buzzwords for 2011
With rapid changes in healthcare comes a new vocabulary with terms and phrases every provider should know. Culled from journal articles, conferences, blogs and other media, some of these phrases might not be all that new. But it's our bet that even if you've heard some of them before, you're going to hear a lot more references to them in 2011. [Read More]
Medicare Claims Settlement Nets $6.3M from 7 Hospitals
Seven hospitals in six Southern states will pay the federal government a total of more than $6.3 million to settle Medicare false claims allegations stemming from an ongoing investigation of improper billing for spinal procedures, according to the U.S. Justice Department. The settlements resolve whistleblower claims that the hospitals overcharged Medicare between 2000 and 2008 for minimally invasive spinal procedures that could have more cheaply been done at outpatient facilities. [Read More]
Health Plans: Data Proves that Meddling Works
Health insurers these days will latch on to any bit of good press. That's why they were giddy about a recent study published in Health Affairs that indicated private insurance plans control healthcare costs better than Medicare. The caveat: data to support this contention was generated from a study of just two Texas cities. [Read More]
Rounds: Cardiac Care Leadership for Improved Alignment and Outcomes
Medical specialties are tied back to hospitals and health systems like never before; nowhere are the resulting alignment challenges more acute than in the cardiac service line, where independent practices find themselves seeking the financial shelter of integration. Join us on February 15 live from Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital and share in the lessons from executives at leading national cardiac service lines and medical groups on shared governance, clinical integration, and physician alignment. [Learn More]
This Week's Headlines
Former Danbury Hospital CFO pleads guilty to wire fraud charge
Stamford Advocate, January 6, 2011
Health spending rose in 2009, but at low rate
The New York Times, January 6, 2011
Study linking vaccine to autism was fraud, Lancet reports
The New York Times/AP, January 6, 2011
Medical Imaging Study Flags Portable Media Problems
HealthLeaders Media Staff, January 6, 2011
Doctor will Skype you now: More MDs use Web for house calls, January 6, 2011
Blue Shield of CA seeks rate hikes of up to 59% for individuals
Los Angeles Times, January 6, 2011
Texas Health Acquires MedicalEdge, PhyServe
HealthLeaders Media, January 5, 2011
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Webcasts/Audio Conferences
Primary Care Physicians to Take Central Role in ACOs (October 21)
Physicians: Reimbursement and Retention (August 3)
A Better Way Than Pay For Call Coverage (July 15)
Marketing to Physicians: Increase Sales Success Through Measurement and Tracking (July 22)

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