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ACS' Heartburn Over Editorial Lingers
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

The American College of Surgeons has a bad case of heartburn over a debacle involving the ill-chosen words of its newspaper editor and would-be president-elect. The pain has been aggravated by the virtual inaction of its board.[Read More]
  April 21, 2011

Editor's Picks
CMS Improperly Paid $38M for ED Outpatient Imaging, OIG Says
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' "inconsistent payment guidance" erroneously allowed about $38 million for improperly documented imaging claims in hospital outpatient emergency departments in 2008, a Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General audit has determined. [Read More]
Value-Based Payment Rules May Be Bound for ASCs
Centers that perform cataract, endoscopy, colonoscopy, and laser eye surgery could soon be paid on the basis of quality measures under a plan unveiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. [Read More]
HDHPs Pose No Additional Risk to Medically Vulnerable
The medically vulnerable who enroll in high-deductible health plans are at no more risk for cutting back on needed healthcare than other people who enroll in HDHPs, according to a RAND Corporation study. [Read More]
Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era
Reform, reimbursement, and reintegration—a triple threat to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) or new opportunities for ROI? Join HealthLeaders Media on May 11 for a 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, to learn how to increase the financial return of ASC operations from leaders with proven ambulatory care ROI. [Read More]
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]
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]
Blueprint for an Integrated and Alignment-Driven Physician Compensation Plan
With the advent of the accountable care organization and reimbursement shifts from pay for performance to bundled payments, physician compensation plans must do more than ensure fair compensation for physicians. Join HealthLeaders Media for a 60-minute audio conference, including Q&A, to learn how to craft compensation plans for integration and alignment.[Read More]
Webcast: Ratchet Up Physician Referrals: Proven Methods & Measures
At the heart of successful physician referral programs are relationships that result in buy-in, engagement, and alignment. How do you build those? And, how do you use data to prove your program's success to the C-suite? Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and case studies, for lessons and insights from marketing leaders with successful referral programs.[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
CHS Asks Federal Judge to Toss Tenet Suit
HealthLeaders Media, April 20, 2011
CVS to Pay $17.5M to Settle Medicaid Billing Case
HealthLeaders Media, April 19, 2011
Michigan now lets doctors apologize liability-free
The Detroit News, April 20, 2011
For doctors, social media a tricky case
The Boston Globe, April 20, 2011

Administration wants tighter painkiller rules
The New York Times, April 20, 2011
Hospitals That Take Plastic Must Comply with PCI
HealthLeaders Media, April 19, 2011
End-of-life care shifting from hospital to home
Journal Sentinel, April 20, 2011
Skills suffer for hungover surgeons, study finds
Los Angeles Times, April 19, 2011
Rural surgeons to get community website
InformationWeek, April 19, 2011
Pushing limits of new knees
The Wall Street Journal, April 19, 2011
A new line of attack on Alzheimer's
The Boston Globe, April 19, 2011
Obama panel to curb Medicare finds foes in both parties
The New York Times, April 20, 2011
Hospital Hosts On-Site Legal Aid Services
HealthLeaders Media, April 20, 2011
Patient data access will kickstart PCAST exchange vision
Government HealthIT News, April 19, 2011


April 27: Patient-Centered Accountable Care

May 11: Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era

May 18: Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations

May 18: Webcast: Ratchet Up Physician Referrals: Proven Methods & Measures

May 24: Webcast: Blueprint for an Integrated and Alignment-Driven Physician Compensation Plan

On demand: Cardiac Care Leadership for Improved Alignment and Outcomes


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