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Orthopedic Leaders Describe Cruising to Recovery Strategy
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

The MemorialCare Health System in Southern California has worked to improve patient outcomes and ROI in its joint replacement center. Hospital leadership discussed their program in a HealthLeaders Media Rounds program on "Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform." [Read More]
  March 31, 2011

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HHS Unveils ACO Rules Proposal
The Department of Health and Human Services has released for public comment the long-awaited proposed rules governing accountable care organizations. HHS said it will hold open-door forums and listening sessions during the comment period to help the public understand what the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing to do with the voluntary ACOs, and to ensure that the public understands how to participate in the comment process. [Read More]
Hospital Drug Shortages Reach 10-Year High, Cost Hospitals $200M Annually
A near crisis shortage of drugs, especially chemotherapy, sedation, and pain relief medications, is endangering patient safety and costs hospitals more than $200 million annually for pricey substitutes, according to Premier Inc., a hospital purchasing alliance. [Read More]
AMA Launches Mobile App and Challenge
The American Medical Association is making its first foray into the software development world with a free CPT (current procedural terminology) code glossary application. So far, the app includes just 129 codes classified for evaluation and management for consultations, critical care services, domiciliary, ED, home services, hospital inpatient, hospital observation, inpatient neonatal, newborn care, non face-to-face, nursing facility, preventive medicine, and prolonged services. [Read More]
Medicaid Skips Generic Drugs, Overspends by Millions
State Medicaid programs spent at least $329 million more in 2009 on 20 popular brand-name drugs than they would have if they'd used lower-cost generic equivalents, according to a study from the American Enterprise Institute. The study—Overspending on Multi-source Drugs in Medicaid —also projects that as much as $433 million in potential Medicaid savings could be lost in the two years. [Read More]
Medicare Could Save $7.6B by Raising Eligibility Age to 67
Raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67 in 2014 would generate about $7.6 billion in net savings to the federal government, but it would add $5.6 billion in out-of-pocket costs for 65- and 66-year-olds, and $4.5 billion in employer retiree healthcare costs, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation study.[Read More]
Webcast: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services
Given the growing trend toward all-inclusive cancer centers, do you know how to differentiate your own oncology services to protect and grow your market share? Your oncology care is distinct. Its marketing should be, too. Join HealthLeaders Media on March 31 for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and a case study, for valuable lessons from marketing leaders. [Read More]
Business Rx
Health Coaching Plays Role in the ACO
The challenge most providers face with accountable care organizations is not just how to manage risk, but also how to assist and coach patients on making positive and sustained changes in their lifestyles.[Read More]
Physician News
Top 100 Hospitals Named by Thomson Reuters
HealthLeaders Media, March 29, 2011
4 'Value-Driving Elements' of ACOs Identified
HealthLeaders Media, March 30, 2011
Nursing Staff Increase Can Improve Outcomes, Study Shows
HealthLeaders Media, March 25, 2011
DOJ, Inova Settle ADA Lawsuit
HealthLeaders Media, March 30, 2011

Miami Physician Sentenced 2 Years For Medicare Fraud
HealthLeaders Media, March 29, 2011
Mayo to make wellness a deliberate part of care
Minneapolis Star-Tribune, March 30, 2011
Drug-resistant CRKP hits LA healthcare facilities
Los Angeles Times, March 18, 2011
Database tracks state healthcare reform initiatives
InformationWeek, March 25, 2011
AHA raps proposed Medicaid hospital infection reg, March 25, 2011
PA sees decline in number of organ donors
The Inquirer, March 29, 2011
Adolescent medicine a growing field
The Wall Street Journal, March 29, 2011
Special needs, special care
The Boston Globe/ Kaiser Health News, March 29, 2011
Patients may benefit from dissolving stent
The Wall Street Journal, March 30, 2011
Better use of antibiotics may reduce spread of drug-resistant 'superbugs'
Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2011
Ranks of MA for-profit hospitals may grow
The Boston Globe, March 30, 2011


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