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2 ACO Experts, 2 Viewpoints, Too Much to Know
Karen Minich-Pourshadi, Senior Editor

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced two initiatives intended to increase participation in accountable care organizations. But experts disagree on the value of the educational and advance payment incentives. [Read More]

  May 31, 2011

Editor's Picks
Fear of Lawsuits Drives Costs in ED, Says ACEP
A survey of emergency physicians by the American College of Emergency Physicians finds the practice of defensive medicine widespread. More than half say fear of litigation drives many of the tests they order. [Read More]
Clarity Case: Intelligence Meets Need to Know
Have you ever experienced one of those moments of clarity when you realize how helpful a service your company offers is to the people who use it? After a recent speaking engagement, it hit me: Our work is really valuable to a lot of people, says HealthLeaders editor Philip Betbeze. [Read More]
Wanted: General Surgeons in Rural Regions
There is a dire need for rural-focused general surgery tracks within residency programs, but it's not just a medical school problem. It's a problem for hospital leaders, too, and ties in with the financial viability of services provided at rural hospitals. [Read More]
Webcast: Alternative ACO Strategies
Go beyond the ACO regs furor to uncover commercial and Medicare alternatives for your ACO strategy. Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute webcast, including Q&A, for a deep dive with leading experts savvy on the legal and business operation of ACOs in commercial markets and CMS programs other than Medicare Shared Savings. [Read More]
Rounds: Coordinating Systems of Care
Whether your hospital system is pursuing an accountable care organization or a broader program of clinical integration, the real work of creating high-value, cost-effective healthcare is in transforming the systems of care. But the solutions may not be as big and unmanageable as you think. Join us live or via live webcast from Gundersen Lutheran Health System with Gundersen?s clinical and executive leadership team and invited guest Fairview Health Services, two of the nation?s health system pioneers in high-quality, lower-cost healthcare. [Read More]
Finance Forum
Healthcare Equipment Acquisition in an Improving Economy
Equipment financing, particularly of information technology such as electronic medical records, is a key acquisition strategy. An expert explains how healthcare organizations can strategically leverage their equipment financing.

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Finance Headlines
In shift, feds target top execs for health fraud
Miami Herald/Associated Press, May 31, 2011
As physicians' jobs change, so do their politics
The New York Times, May 31, 2011
Opinion: Why med school should be free
The New York Times, May 31, 2011
Joplin tornado injuries put strain on health system
Tulsa World, May 27, 2011
MGMA: 56% of First-Year Physicians Get Signing Bonuses
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 26, 2011
Technology Revs Up Revenue
Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, May 24, 2011
CA Court Upholds $4.7M Judgment for Surgeon Against Cedars Sinai
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 31, 2011
Healthcare Workers Delaying Retirement
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 25, 2011
Alternative ACO Strategies
June 7, 2011
Rounds: Coordinating Systems of Care
June 9, 2011
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