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Family Docs Cautiously Optimistic About ACO Regs
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

Like many other physician groups, the American Academy of Family Physicians is studying the proposed federal regulations regarding accountable care organizations. It is extremely cautious about the anti-trust aspect of the rules. [Read More]
  April 7, 2011

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13 Hot ACO Buzzwords All Providers Should Know
Just in time to accompany the proposed accountable care organization guidelines from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, comes a handy glossary of federal healthcare policy lingo. [Read More]
ACO Proposed Rules Spotlight Physician-Hospital Alignment
Clinical integration is key to the government's proposed accountable care organization guidelines. It means that doctors and hospitals have to work together, 'and that is not easy,' says one analyst. [Read More]
Infection Prevention Pilot Slashes CLABSI by 35%
Hospitals participating in a project to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections are demonstrating that training can improve patient safety, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. [Read More]
CDC, NIH Revise Bloodstream Infection Guidelines
Educating and training healthcare personnel in safety protocols are the key areas of emphasis in updated federal guidelines designed to prevent catheter-related bloodstream infections. [Read More]
*NEW* Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care
Patient-centered healthcare IS accountable care—accountable for quality, for value, and for patient satisfaction. Join us on April 27 live from Griffin Hospital and Planetree, recognized pioneers in patient-centered care, with more actionable strategies from invited thought leaders at Sharp Memorial and the Maine Patient-Centered Medical Home Pilot.[Read More]
*NEW* Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations
Neurological service line success is all about managing the collision of technology, research, and care coordination. Get strategies for managing the collision on May 18, live from Barrow Neurological Institute with invited thought leaders from St. John Providence Health System and St. Luke Hospital. [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
Health Net Breach Grabs Top Spot on OCR list
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NY hospital phasing out LPNs
Republican Herald, April 6, 2011
'Unreasonable' Rate Increase Rule Proposal Scrutinized
HealthLeaders Media, April 6, 2011
Cosmetic procedures rebound
The Wall Street Journal, April 5, 2011

CT hospitals see spike in CEO turnover, April 5, 2011
Children's pain in hospital undertreated: study
Reuters News, April 5, 2011
USC to resume kidney transplants in wake of mix-up
Los Angeles Times, April 6, 2011
MN HMOs surge to surplus of $2.5B; state wants some
Pioneer Press, April 5, 2011
Many heart failure patients may avoid bypass surgery
Los Angeles Times, April 5, 2011
Weighing risk of surgery via wrist
The Wall Street Journal, April 5, 2011


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