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In Meaningful Use Reports, Quality Matters
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

The enrollment for meaningful use initiatives has begun, and for physicians that means a slew of requirements that must be met to gain the financial rewards attached. Before anyone starts counting their dollars, researchers offer advice on what meaningful use means in terms of "quality" reporting data.[Read More]
  January 20, 2011

Editor's Picks
Precision Medicine Pinpoints Diagnosis, Care Option
Physicians often review 10 to 15 variables to diagnose a single patient—a physical exam, lab values, and patient history, to name a few. Precision medicine has enormous potential for eliminating the costly trial-and-error that is intrinsic to medical practice. [Read More]
HHS: Repeal of Reform Threatens Those with Pre-Existing Conditions
Half of "non-elderly" Americans under the age of 65—129 million people—might have a pre-existing medical condition such as high blood pressure or arthritis that could deny them healthcare coverage if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, according to a Health and Human Services report.[Read More]
Health System Ethics Made Simple
Over the generations, hospitals and health systems across the nation have created and passed on homegrown cultures of conduct, trust, and accountability that rely on long-term personal relationships, an understanding of their vital healing mission, and a sense of commitment to the communities they serve. Healthcare delivery is changing rapidly, of course, and the tradition of building a culture of ethics one relationship at a time could be overwhelmed. [Read More]
3 MLR Questions Payers, Providers Should be Asking
HealthLeaders Media Finance Editor Karen Minich-Pourshadi discusses MLR, which took effect Jan. 1 and which, she writes, has broad implications for federal and state healthcare expenditures. This policy addresses the amount of premium dollars spent on a member care by payers and the ripple effect will affect providers. [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. [Read More]
Webcast: Proven Strategies to Market Women's Services
Women are a vital audience to reach—is your marketing cutting it? As the primary healthcare decision-makers and the key to unlocking additional service audiences, you need up-to-date, effective marketing strategies to win women's loyalty—thus, business—and expand your market share. Join HealthLeaders Media on January 31, at 1 p.m. (EST) for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, and learn from women's health marketing experts.[Read More]
Business Rx
4 Accountable Care Challenges for CMS
The January 2012 launch of the Medicare accountable care organization option is fast-approaching. To pave the way, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will need to address the challenges of facilitating clinical performance, payment infrastructure, a multi-payer base, and financial incentives.[Read More]
Physician News
How Hospitals Can Recoup Revenue in Resident-rendered Services
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MSA Infects 5% of ED Patients
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CHS Moves to Populate Tenet Board with Takeover Supporters
The Washington Post, January 18, 2011
Patient Experience Scores Skew By Region
Politico, January 18, 2011
Guidant Fined $296 M for Failure to Report Defibrillator Performance
HealthLeaders Media, January 14, 2011
HHS sued over Medicare payments by hospital treating Giffords
Bloomberg Press, January 17, 2011
Detroit-area health system hires docs for advice
The Detroit News, January 17, 2011
GW medical group (DC) looks to add up to 450 doctors
The Washington Business Journal, January 17, 2011
MN doctors ask for delay in Medica ratings
Minneapolis Star-Tribune, January 19, 2011
Doctor shortage forcing some Central New York hospitals to divert patients, January 17, 2011
MSBCBS Changes Its Name
HealthLeaders Media, January 19, 2011

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Payment Model Innovation: Sharing the Rewards of a Pay-For-Performance Program
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