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How Healthcare Might Be Like Garlic
Cheryl Clark, Senior Editor
Yes, we sometimes take a good thing and, by overdoing or misusing it, can end up with unfortunate results. Perhaps for healthcare and garlic, less is more. [Read More]
August 4, 2011
Editor's Picks

HHS: No Copays for Preventive Women's Health Services
The Department of Health & Human Services has accepted guidelines that require new health insurance plans to cover women's preventive services such as well-woman visits, breastfeeding support, domestic violence screening, and contraception without charging a co-payment, co-insurance, or a deductible.[Read More]

Physicians Gain In Weight Loss Clinics
One Mobile, AL, doctor has shifted his practice from obstetrics to obesity and gained personal time, earnings, and satisfaction. He's a significant contrast to the average general practitioner, who is afraid or doesn't know how-to approach the issue. [Read More]

Evidence-Based Staffing Enhances Patient-Centered Care
A medical center in Florida is using an acuity software system built around patient needs, rather than staff workload or ratios. The system of evidence-based indicators to determine the hours of care has resulted in improved outcomes and morale, a nurse leader says. [Read More]

CMS Scales Back on Payment Cuts
Instead of a feared 3.15% coding cut, the final rule change for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System means a 2% cut— $1.13 billion more for hospitals in FY 2012. [Read More]

Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs
Date: August 16, 2011
About:Get accountable care strategies from ACO pioneers Norton Healthcare, Humana, and Palmetto Health—first movers who already have experienced the challenges of building a new framework for healthcare delivery. [Register Today]

Rounds: Women's Health Strategies for Service Line Growth and Quality
Date: September 15, 2011
About:Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast. Learn how host Bon Secours Richmond Health System and invited guest Geisinger Health System maximize downstream revenue in their women's health services, as well as opportunities for integration, quality and customer loyalty. [Register Today]

This Week's Headlines
CDC: Hospitals Impede Breastfeeding
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 4, 2011

More U.S. kids in hospital for mental illness
The Chicago Tribune/Reuters Health, August 4, 2011

What happens after a data breach?
Health Data Management, July 27, 2011

Rural areas face more healthcare hurdles
Star Tribune, August 4, 2011

Are hospital-based doctors fueling health spending?
Chicago Tribune/Reuters, August 2, 2011

Debt commission might cut Medicare, Medicaid
The Washington Post, August 2, 2011

Insulin pumps, medical monitors vulnerable to hacking
The New York Times/Associated Press, August 4, 2011


August 16: Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs

Sept 15: Rounds: Women's Health Strategies for Service Line Growth and Quality


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